Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Windows 7 Network Card Configuration

Windows 7 network card (network adapter) configuration:

Using Windows 7 network card (network adapter) we can connect to Ethernet home network with wired connection.

First you need to make sure that you have installed Windows 7 network card driver. Without installing the driver, your network card will not work. If you plug in the network card the first time to the computer and boot up the Windows 7, the system will detect new hardware and prompt you to install the driver, you can then use the driver installation CD or the driver downloaded from vendor website to finish the installation. Sometimes Windows 7 will detect the card and install the driver automatically if it’s supported. 
TCP/IP Configuration

TCP/IP configuration in Windows 7 network card. This is the most important part of network card configuration in Windows 7. You must configure the network card, so that this computer can communicate with other computers or network devices properly. You will need to have TCP/IP protocol and other Windows network items installed in order to make it work correctly.

1) Go to Start and click on Control Panel.

2) Proceed to click View network status and tasks in Control Panel window.

3) Network and Sharing Center window will appear, then click Change adapter settings.

4) Network Connections window will appear. Here you can right click on the network card that you wish to configure and click Properties.

5) In the Local Area Connection Properties, you need to have following items installed and enabled:

Client for Microsoft Networks – Allow your computer to access resources in a Microsoft network.
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks – Allow your computer to share files and printers in Microsoft network.

Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) – The protocol that enables your computer to talk to other computers in your network. You need to specify IP address, netmask, gateway and other network information for it to work correctly. If you have configured DHCP setting on router, configure each computer to obtain IP address automatically.

Note: If you don’t have those specified items installed, click Install and follow the instructions to install the items which you missed. Finally click OK to close the window.
At this moment, your Windows 7 computer should be connected to home network. Try to ping other computer or router IP, and access to Internet websites.

Network Location Type Setting

Once your computer is connected to home network, you are advised to set the Network Location, so appropriate firewall and security settings will be automatically set on computer.

If your computer is connected to home network, you should set the network location type as home network in Network and Sharing Center window.