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Network Install Types

A network install isn’t that hard these days. You can share files between computers by connecting them up individually. But a faster and more effortless way is to install a network, which allows you to share data and resources between computers much more conveniently. A local home or office network allows the sharing of other things, like a printer, scanner or internet connection. ( They’re also used by gamers when playing an online multiplayer game or a LAN game. )

A local network can be set up with or without an Internet access, using various combinations of computer software and hardware, and can be created using Ethernet or USB cables, an external hard disk drive common to all computers, or most usually these days, wirelessly. Wireless connections can also be centralized through a wireless router or a router/modem. Here are some summaries of the network install process for a couple of methods.

Hard-wired connections

This is the traditional method used to network two computers, which involves creating a dedicated link by plugging a cable into both. There are several alternatives for networking two computers in this way . . .

Ethernet: preferred by most users because it provides a reliable, high speed connection,  requiring a minimal configuration. Ethernet also allows networks of more than two computers to be built quite easily.

Serial and parallel: called “Direct Cable Connection” when using Windows, it offers lower performance than an Ethernet connection, but if the cables are available and network speed isn’t a concern, this method can be preferred

USB: Special USB cables designed for direct connection are needed. If your computer lacks functional Ethernet network adapters then this method is the best for you.

For a good network install, each computer needs a functioning network interface ( external jack ) for the cable and will need it’s network settings configured.

Wireless connections

Usually all the laptops now-days have inbuilt wireless connection.  This needs to be turned on by either pressing an external button, or going into a control Panel ( Hardware and Sound > Windows Mobility Center in Windows 7 ). You’ll need to create a connection secured with a password that you’ll remember, and after that all of the computers who have wireless capability can connect to your network.

Router wireless connection

This network install process, can take a bit longer than the others and has a few more steps.  It involves setting up the router or router-modem and getting one computer connected to it first.  It’s done by cable first, so you should choose a convenient place for the router where you can work with it. The location can be changed later once the network is set up.

Routers have an administration tool that you can log into by typing an address in a browser, something like 11.1.1.10.  Then you can enter all the connection data for the internet, phones etc.

After one computer and the router is configures the others computers can be connected and finally you can configure some extra network security features.

If a network install sounds like a bit too much work for you, get in touch and let us help you out!

 
 
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