Thursday, February 28, 2008

Do it Yourself: Simple Guide to Set-up LAN for your Home or Office

Always follow the instructions;

  • enabled file and print sharing options of your computers
  • Use TCP/IP protocol settings and put different IP address in each PC
  • Computers must be be in the same WORKGROUP name
  • Name your PC with unique names to avoid confusion and proper identification


Follow these instruction to check the items mentioned :

For Windows 98:

Right-click Network Neighborhood > Properties. On the Configuration tab, verify that the Primary Network Logon drop-down menu is set to Client for Microsoft Networks. Click File and Print Sharing and make sure both of these options are checked. Scroll down the list of network components and make sure you've got a TCP/IP entry for your network card. Then look under the Identification tab to ensure that the computer's name is unique while the workgroup name is the same on both networked systems.

WinMe:

Same procedure as Windows 98 but instead you will right-click on My Network Places

Windows 2000

Start > Settings > Network and Dial-up Connections. Right-click Local Area Connection > Properties. Make sure 'Client for Microsoft Networks' is the first listing under "Components checked are used for this connection". If it isn't there, choose Install, Client, Client for Microsoft Networks. The second item in this list should be 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks'. If it isn't there, select Install, Service, Add, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

Windows XP:

Right-click My Network Places > Properties. Right-click Local Area Connection > Properties. Make sure 'Client for Microsoft Networks' is the first listing under "This connection uses the following items". If it isn't there, choose Install, Client, Client for Microsoft Networks. The second item in this list should be 'File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks'. If it isn't there, select Install, Service, Add, File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

Scroll down the window to verify that you have a TCP/IP entry for your network adapter . To check your workgroup and computer names, return to the network properties window and select Advanced, Network Identification. Make sure each computer's 'Full computer name' is unique.

All versions: Each computer on your network also has to have a different IP address. To view the system's IP address in Windows 98 and Me, select Start, Run, type winipcfg, and press Enter; in the resulting dialog box, select your network card from the drop-down menu. In Windows 2000 and XP, click Start, Run, type cmd /k ipconfig, and press Enter.

Make sure at least one folder or printer on each system is set for sharing. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder or printer you want to share. If the folder or printer icon doesn't have a little hand under it, right-click the icon and select Sharing and Security. In the resulting dialog box, click Share This Folder.

Now, whenever you open Network Neighborhood or My Network Places, you should see the shared files on your own network..


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