How to set up a network
Many homes in today’s technological age have more than one computer. This may be as a result of different persons in the home having his or her own computer system to use, or as a result of a growing number of persons starting home and small businesses. The increasing need for setting up networks could also result from more persons working remotely. A network is interlinking and connectivity of computers.
Persons may have several computers in his or her home, making connecting these computers on one network a sensible thing to do. Once a group of computers are connected with others through a network, then files and activities may be shared across the network and the connected computers can access each. That is, computer system A can access files located on computer system B through the network connection that has been established. Computers linked together in this form what is known as a local area network. There are several ways in which multiple computer systems may be linked to form a network. Irrespective of the type of method chosen to set up a particular network there are several basic principles that users can employ ensure that the task of setting up or creating a local area network is a smoothly run and successfully executed one.
- A group of computers to be connected
- An Internet Connection
- Manual (Guidelines concerning how to set up a network).
- A Home Network Kit (comes complete with Internet Connection, Adapters, Phone line cables, USB cables and routers)
- Windows Installation CDs
- Before getting started setting up a Home Network system, one should review and consider the different options made available with the different Home Network Systems. This can be done through internet searches visiting the sites of the relevant Home Networking Systems. Researching the relevant Home Networking Systems will help users to decide if they are in possession of compatible software such as Windows XP versus Windows Vista operating systems and other needed materials. This will help users to choose the right Home Network System for their Computer Systems and needs. In turn, this will help to ensure a successful network setup.
- Users should choose a name for their network. This network name will come in handy when configuring the network settings on each of the Computer Systems. The network name is the link that all computers will connect to. The name that is chosen for the network is known as the workgroup. It is best to choose a descriptive and relevant name for the home network depending on the purpose. The wireless network will also need to be named. After finding the most compatible and suitable Home Networking System, one will need to have the appropriate Windows CD on hand for each of the Computer Systems that will be connected to the network. The Windows installation CD may need to be used to configure the network settings for each of the Computer Systems. Unique names for each of the Computer Systems will also be needed for setting up the network.
- After choosing the most compatible and suitable Home Networking System and deciding on an appropriate name for your work group, one will need to have the appropriate Windows installation CD on hand for each Computer System. This is because each Computer System that will be connected to the network will need to be configured to the network using the Windows Installation CD.
- Finally, plan the configuration of the network. A well planned network will see to all connected Computer Systems being able to access the internet and being able to print over the network. To properly plan one’s network, be sure to consider which operations, files and activities are to be shared and which ones are not to be shared. This can be as flexible and or rigid as one desires.
Tips and Warnings
The name of the workgroup and the identification code for the wireless network can be the same.