Troubleshoot Home Networking Problems In Windows® XP
Troubleshooting Windows® XP home based networks has been one of the major problems to those using the Windows® XP operating systems. This article describes a simple and systematic way of going about this problem that is, troubleshooting home network in Windows® XP (OS/2 and OS/3). It also attempts to expound on how to use the home and small office network troubleshooters for the basic network connectivity.
- Step by step methodology of troubleshooting networking in Windows® XP
- The Advanced home based network troubleshooting
Step by step methodology of troubleshooting networking in Windows® XP
Prior to troubleshooting your home networking, it is advisable that you establish the networking structure you are using. This is the arrangement of the networking elements and the peripherals between the computers in the network system. There are a number of such networking structures you may need to familiarize yourself with. The most common ones, however, include Computers that are connected to a network hub, Receive data through one port, and then make it available to all ports. Computers that are connected to a NAT (Network Address Translation) device .Providing an Internet connection. After establishing your network structure, you can then go ahead troubleshooting your networking Windows® XP.
The initial troubleshooting steps are as follows:
Click on the Start button at the left corner of your computer screen. From the displayed start menu, click on the Help and Support tab. From the Pick, a Help title dialogue box, click on the Networking and the Web. From the Networking and the Web dialogue box, click on the Fixing networking or Web problems. Next, click on the tab labeled “Home and Small Office Networking Troubleshooter”. Take some time to answer the questions in the troubleshooter. The questions are meant to guide us towards finding solution to the problem we are seeking to solve, so take your time.
In case after following the above steps, the network problem remains unresolved, follows these steps that are in continuation from where you just stopped.
The Advanced home based network troubleshooting
You need to verify the connection between your computers. You also need to ensure that all your computers have TCP/IP properly installed and the firewall features are not enabled on the home network adapters. Use the “Ping” command to test connectivity
Suppose the troubleshooter finally resolves your network problem, then you would be done and it would be functional. Otherwise, you can start again and follow the steps accordingly. Try answering the questions that you did not answer in the first attempt. You will certainly find a solution, so don’t give up.