Introduction To Windows XP Networking:
To network the WIndows XP machine you simply run the Network Setup Wizard which enables file and printer sharing on a home network in addition to preparing the machine for proper and secure Internet access..
Here is how to run the Network Setup Wizard in WIndows XP Professional:
- Left click Start menu.
- Left click All Programs.
- Hover your mouse cursor over the Accessories folder.
- Hover your mouse cursor over the Communications folder.
- Left click Network Setup Wizard from the list of available shortcuts.
This will start the Network Setup Wizard:
The first step is to click Next to start the Wizard.
2. Left click Next to confirm the wizard is starting.
The next step is to confirm a connection method or way for the computer to connect to the Internet.
You select an option based on the available choices.
Here is an overview of the options on this screen:
|This computer connects directly to the internet. The other computers on my network connect to the Internet through this computer.
||This network configuration uses Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service to share this computer's Internet connection with the rest of the computers on your network. As this illustration shows, this computer, called the ICS host computer, is connected to the Internet. Communications to and from the Internet to and from all the computers on your network are sent through this computer.
|This computer connects to the Internet through a residential gateway or through another computer on my network
||This computer is part of a home or small office network that connects to the Internet through a residential gateway or through another computer on the network. A residential gateway is a hardware device through which the computers on the network connect to the Internet. Typically, a DSL or cable modem is connected to the residential gateway, which is connected to an Ethernet hub, as this illustration shows. Internet communication travels through the residential gateway to all of the computers on the network.
If you have an ICS host computer (another computer on your network that shares its Internet connection), this computer can send and receive e-mail and access the Web as if it were connected directly to the Internet.
|This computer connects to the Internet directly or through a network hub. Other computers on my network also connect to the Internet directly or through a hub.
||We do not recommend this network configuration. It exposes all computers on the network directly to the Internet, creating potential security problems. Instead of this, use a secure host device, such as a residential gateway or a computer running Windows XP with ICS enabled.
|This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet.
||Select this option if you only have one computer and it has an Internet connection
|This computer belongs to a network that does not have an Internet connection.
||Select this option if you have two or more computers networked together, but do not have an Internet connection as shown in this illustration of an Ethernet network. You can also have a home or small office network with the same configuration using a home phoneline network adapter (HPNA) or wireless adapters. If you have different network adapter types, such as Ethernet, HPNA, or wireless devices, installed in your computer, the Network Setup Wizard can create a network bridge so that all of the computers in your network can communicate.
When you have selected a correct setup left click Next to continue the wizard.
The next step is to give the computer a description and a name.
1. Computer Description:
The computer description is a short explanation of the computer. For example, if you have a computer in your family room, the description could be "family room computer." If your network is a combination of Windows operating systems, such as Windows XP, Windows Millennium Edition, and Windows 98, the computer description is only displayed on Windows XP.
2. Computer Name:
A computer name identifies your computer on the network. To participate in the network, each computer must have a unique name. If two computers have the same name, it creates a conflict for network communications. When choosing a computer name, it is suggested you keep it short and simple, such as family or den. Some Internet service providers (ISPs) require that you use a specific computer name. The computer name identifies the computer to the ISP's network and is used to validate your Internet account. Check with your ISP to see if they require a specific computer name. If so, do not change the computer name provided by your ISP.
The computer name is limited to fifteen characters and cannot contain spaces or any of the following special characters: ; : " < > * + = \ | ? ,
3. Left click Next when you are ready to proceed.
The next step is to configure a workgroup name. Workgroup name is a simple name used to identify your network. Each computer on the network must be connected to the same workgroup for file and printer sharing to work correctly.
1. Specify Workgroup Name:
To name your network specify a workgroup name in the Workgroup Name field. It is important to keep the workgroup name as simple as possible so that you'll remember it later.
2. Left click Next button when you are ready to proceed.
The next step is to decide whether you want to use File and Printer Sharing. This makes the Shared Documents folder available to everyone on your network. It also gives everyone access to a shared printer if one is available.
Under What do you want to do? Choose on of these options:
1. Turn on file and printer sharing - Windows firewall will be configured to allow file and printer sharing on your network.
2. Turn off file and printer sharing - Windows Firewall will block file and printer sharing on your network. If you currently have shared files or printers they will no longer be shared.
3. Left click Next button when you are ready to proceed.
Windows will prompt you to confirm settings. When ready left click Next button.
Windows will modify the settings to make the computer visible on the network.
On the next screen Windows prompts you with a Windows that allows you prepare other machines for use on the network. To run the wizard on computers that are not running Windows XP, you can use the Windows Xp CD or a Network Setup Disk.
Select an option to do the following:
1. Create a Network Setup Disk. - this option creates a network setup disk that you run on machines not running Windows XP to prepare the machine for access on the network.
2. Use The Network Setup Disk I Already Have - this option assumes you already made a network setup disk.
3. Use my Windows XP CD. - this option instructs Windows that you will use a Windows XP installation disk to run the Network Setup Wizard.
4. Just finish the wizard. I don't need to run the wizard on other computers. - this is self-explanatory. Selecting this option finishes the wizard.