Windows® ME Network Setup
Windows® ME and the ways of setting up a network
Windows® ME or Millennium Edition was released in the year 2000. It is one of those operating system’s that was launched by Microsoft ® and replaced by the more stable Windows® XP. If you are using Windows® ME up to this point and you want to take it to the next level and set up a network to work with other wired and wireless connections. Setting this up requires essential tools and requirements since the program is essentially not as modern as the tons of predecessors that are being used right now.
Here are some of the things you have to do if you wish to setup a network for Windows® ME:
- Network hardware setup
- Peer-to-peer wired network
- Information on Set up
Network hardware setup
If you wish to create a network you need to secure the needed technology for the setup. You will need a router and cables for your connection. If you wish to make a wireless network you may also need to have a wireless hardware in the form of USB drivers for Bluetooth® connectivity or wireless network cards. Secure the right drivers that will fit the Windows® ME OS. If there are no drivers the hardware will not work well or will not respond at all. Once you have secured the right tools you can go ahead with the setup process on your PC.
Peer-to-peer wired network
With the Peer-to-peer wired connection, you only need two computers. You need a wired Ethernet on each computer as well as a single crossover cable. With this kind of network, you will be able to directly send files from one PC to another. This is a very straightforward setup on your Windows® ME PCs. All you have to do is connect the crossover cables from the designated ports on each computer. Once you have connected them you will get a basic network consisting of two connections.
Of course the most popular setup is more than two computers and in this case you may need a router to connect all the PCs. This will also help you in connecting to the high-speed Internet connections. The router will help in connecting to the Internet from any of the PCs connected to it. There is a kind of router which has firewall capabilities and provides a single unique IP address to send requests to the Internet. All you have to do is connect your PC to the router and connect the router to the DSL or Internet provider. The next step is setting up the connections on your PC. Go to ‘Control Panel’ and select ‘Network.’ Encode a unique computer name on each of your system. Assign a workgroup and set them accordingly so that your computers can share information with each other.