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How to Network your Computers

There are several methods to Networking your Computers. I have a Cable connection so I use this method.
I use a Router, which is connected to the Cable Modem, then each Computer is connected to the router, using a RJ45 cable.
There are also Wireless Routers now days, you just need Wireless Network Cards in each Computer.
Install the Network card. The one I used is Plug and Play so Windows will automatically detect and load the necessary drivers for the card. Most computers now days have a Network card preinstalled.
After the NIC Card is installed if needed, check in the Device Manager (link to a picture of it) under Network Adapters, if there are no Yellow ! or ? your good to go.
Use an RJ45 cable to connect each computer to the Router, with todays routers you get an install disk that sets everything up for you once everything is setup, read the instruction most are very user friendly.

Advantages to Networking your computers with a Router.

I used the Hub method for a couple years, then I switched to the Router. Why ? For one thing I only show one IP Address and that one is assigned to the Router. The Router then assigns each computer attached to it an IP address, let say computer A has 100 for the address, when 100 receives mail, the Router will receive the mail and then see that it is for the computer with the address 100 inside the Network, it will direct the mail to that computer. The biggest advantages to a Router, is that:

Dailup Connections. Here are some Tips and Info on them.

If you are downloading at 2.50 KB, here are a few things you can do that may increase your speed. When I was on a dailup connection my speed was 2.57 KB with a 56K modem. I got it up to 5.57 to 6.75KBs. First thing is to have your modem connected as close to the outside phone box as possible, the more splices between your modem and the phone box, the slower your connection. I connected right to the phone box and ran the wire right to the modem. Second I bought a program called Net Optimizer to change my Registry settings for the modem. You can optimize your registry settings to increase your speed, Windows settings by default, are for high speed connections, like DSL or Cable and tend to slow phone connections. Thirdly go to your Device Manager(link to a picture of it) or check in your Manual to find out what Modem Card you have. Then go to the Manufactures site, go to their support section and look for a Driver update, if there is one, download it and update your Modem Card. Make sure the Modem Card is running properly, click on the Modem Card, then click the Properties button , go to the resource Tab and see if the card is error free.

Ms-Dos Ping this is for Windows 98

If your connected but not sure that you are, go to Start-programs-MS-DOS prompt and type, ping ( Screen Shot )you should get something like packets sent, packets received, no errors, that means your connected. If it says packets not received you are not. To get out of MSDOS just type exit and hit enter. I am on a Cable Modem and some times mine will mess up, I'll open up the winipcfg screen, click the more information button and then click the Renew button. My problems will go away. You go to Start-Run-type in, winipcfg (link to a picture of it ). Try clicking on the Renew button to update your settings. Another reason for a slow connection is your line coming to the house may be old. Mine was, I had a dedicated phone line brought in to the house and that helped. This Web Site has comprehensive Information on Modems -- That's about all I can recomend for now, hopefully that helps ( :


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