Networking Your Computers

Setting up a computer network, whether to share files, or Internet service, can be a lot of fun. It’s more fun, though, if you set it up properly, from the start. I’ll try and make that possible, if you work with me.

With the basic issues out of the way, you can get detailed instruction from plenty of websites, that will give you illustrated instructions. Here are but five, listed in alphabetical order.

And if you’re planning to install cables in your home, you’ll need to know about about home construction. Bob Catanzarite’s Structured Wiring How To website provides an excellent primer on this subject.

If you have properly chosen and setup your equipment, advice from any one of the above should get your network in order. The various guides are written by different organisations, and each has a different style, so check them all out if possible. Find the one which works best for you.

Solving Problems
If you’re here because you have problems, please start by reading Solving Network Problems.

Now, what is your specific problem? Is it accessing the Internet? Then read Troubleshooting Internet Connectivity. Or is the problem with File Sharing? Then read Troubleshooting Network Neighborhood (Windows Networking).

One major issue that the websites listed above won’t help you with, if your problem is with file sharing, is the browser. Now when I mention the browser, don’t start with “My Internet access is not a problem”. The browser is the program that provides the contents of Network Neighborhood on your LAN. It’s frequently involved in problems when “I can’t see the other computers”, or “I get access denied when I try to access another computer”. Please read my article Windows NT (NT/2000/XP/2003) and the Browser.

Do you have a LAN with both Windows 9x (95, 98, ME) computers and Windows NT (NT, 2000, XP) computers? Then you should read Windows 9x (95/98/ME) and the Browser.

In Conclusion
All of the above articles link to dozens of other articles, so read carefully. And be patient with me, as I add to this blog almost daily. Check back here periodically. Or write to my Guestbook.

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