Operating System: Windows XP Home or Pro Hardware
- Network adapter for each system
(this may be an integrated Ethernet or an add-in card
installed into an available slot.)
Straight Through "patch" cable for connections
through a hub, switch, or router; or a "cross-over" cable
when connecting only two computers to each other.
Configuring the network:
Start by clicking on Start
and then on Control Panel. In the control panel, click
on Network and Internet Connections.
on the "Identification" tab, then enter a
unique name for the computer and enter a workgroup
name. The workgroup name should be the same for all
systems on the network (i.e. "HOME" or "WORK").
on the "Access Control" tab. "Share-level
access control" should be selected.
on the "Configuration" tab. Click on the
File and Printer Sharing button. Select what resources
you want to share with the network (files and/or printers.)
Click OK when done. Note: If you do not want to make
your files or printers available to others on your
network, skip this step.
- TCP/IP protocol
should already be in the list. TCP/IP is required to
access the Internet. Click on TCP/IP and then on the "Properties" button.
Click on the "Bindings" tab. Leave the checkmark
next to "Client for Microsoft Networks. Remove
the checkmark next to "File and printer sharing" since
this could expose your computer to "hackers" across
the Internet. We will use a different protocol for
your internal network.
- On the Configuration
tab, click "Add", select "Protocol" from
the list. Click on Microsoft, and select IPX/SPX then
click on OK.
- You should be back to the main
network properties window. Click OK to save your changes.
Windows should copy files and may ask for the Windows
CD and/or the network driver disk. Once all the files
have been copied, Windows must restart.
By choosing to share your files or printer, your computer
should now be available as a resource on your network.
The name you gave your computer should show up in your
network neighborhood, even when no one else is connected
on the network. (As a rule, only computers that are
sharing resources show up in the Network Neighborhood.)
However, until you actually configure sharing of your
drive, directory folder, or printers, none of your
resources will be available to anyone else.
an entire drive:
- Open My Computer, right-click
on the drive letter you want to make available across
the network, select sharing.
- On the Sharing
tab of the drive properties window: select "Shared
As" and enter a name or letter for the drive (the
default name is the drive letter.)
- Select the type of access you want others
Read-Only - they can view or copy files, but
not change or delete them.
Full - allows others to
view, change, delete or create new files
password: If one is entered, the network user will
be asked for it before they gain access to your files.
Read-Only - they can view and copy files. Full - they
can view, copy, add, change or delete files on your
shared drive. (These can be different passwords!)
share a single folder (subdirectory):
Open My Computer;
open the drive and any folder that contains the folder
to share. Right-click on the folder you want to make
available across the network, select sharing. Enter
the name, access and any passwords.
To share a printer:
Open My Computer; open the "Printers" folder.
Right-click on the printer to share on the network,
select "Sharing". Enter a name for the printer
and (optional) password.
Using shared stuff across
- Browse method: Open Network Neighborhood,
double click on the computer that has the drive or
folder shared, and double-click on the folder to open.
If a password was specified, enter it when prompted.
- Map method: Right click on Network Neighborhood,
Network Drive". Select a drive letter to use,
then enter the name of the computer and folder being
shared in the form: \\server\folder If you want to
have this network folder available every time you start
up, add a checkmark to "Reconnect at login" (the
other computer must already be turned on and sharing
the resource on the network.)
- Printers: Open
the "Printers" folder; double click on "Add
a printer"; Select "Network Printer" Use
browse or enter the \\server\printer name to use. Choose
the type of printer from the Windows list or use the
driver disk that came with the printer.
access: Use a password to limit access to your files
or printers. Then only people with the password can
then access these devices.
- Limit access: Only
share a folder on the local drive, not the whole drive
letter. This limits what files and information other
network users can see.
- Read-Only: If people
do not need to add, change or delete files, only configure
read-only access to your drives or folders.
shares: By adding a dollar-sign "$" to the
end of the network share name, you are identifying
it as a "system share" - these names are
not displayed on the network. To access it, the network
user must know the exact name of the drive, folder,
or printer. (i.e. enter "my-share$" as the
name of a folder instead of "my-share" to
hide the name from network users.)
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