Windows® XP® home networking
How to setup home networking for Windows XP?
With the arrival of new versions of Windows such as Windows XP, a new world of awe has opened up. Windows XP caters to the taste of professional audience and serves the more homely consumers as well. With this dual serving functionality and various other advanced features, Windows XP gives a new dimension to everything, even the home-networking system. Windows XP home networking serves the best to its consumers and has turned the task into leisure.
Following are more details about home networking in Windows XP
- Home Networking
- Tips on how to set up Home Networking on Windows® XP
- Things to be kept in mind
Home networks have made ample space not only in our families but they have also stepped into the official settings. Schools, shopping markets, offices, etc. widely make use of this home networking system. Having multiple systems interconnected provides a great degree of functionality and enables more features to be utilized. Through home networking multiple computers can correspond with each other. You can share documents, Internet, printing services, and games. In this system, there usually is one server; however, a widely prevalent misconception is that the server ought to be the "most-best" or "outstanding" system in the network. The fact is that the server should be according to your requirements, and if networking is not a large group intending for heavy-set IT experience; then, even an average computer can work sufficiently well.
Tips on how to set up Home Networking on Windows® XP
For a 3 PC networking system (as this is a simpler arrangement to be used as an example) one system will function as a "server-system" while the other two will be connected with this "home-network-server". The first thing to be done is choosing a good network card. For systems more than 3, a crossover cable is utilized. This makes use of a direct connect approach and eliminates many cumbersome procedures. For a 3 PC set up, a hub or a switch, and PCI Network Interface Card are required. However, if your system has an inbuilt LAN then you need not worry about the PCI. You can opt for wireless networking features 802.11a/b. After that you need to come up with some specifications for the "home-server" tasks. You need to then give unique IP addresses to each system that is in your networking system. However, to do this, you ought to be logged in as an administrator in your XP OS. Through DNS settings you adjust the systems that will be allowed to access Internet via your server. After that you can share printing options, as well. By the network identification wizard, you can assign an identity and direction to your system. You can also monitor the other systems that are connected with your server.
While purchasing the NIC, ask particularly for 10/100 base. However, the NIC specifications depend solely on your requirement. The NIC should have RJ-45 connectors’ accompanied with CAT5 cabling. Also be specific when you opt for a 'hub' over a 'switch'. Specifically speaking, a switch gives your network less trouble and more efficiency, so it is a wise deal to go for it. Switch is faster and is capable of handling different ports at varying speeds. There are various types of switches; however for a general home network a 5 or 8 switch will be sufficient. But if you require higher versions, then go for the 16 or 32 port choices. There are various reliable brands of switches available, so after pondering carefully, you can pick any of them that suit you best.