Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Set Up a LAN Network

A local area network, or LAN for short, is a group of interconnected computers that can share data among one another. Almost always, LANs are set up using Ethernet cables connecting Ethernet cards installed on each computer to a hub, switch or router. This joining device must have enough ports on it so that all computers to be connected to the LAN can plug into it. A LAN may, but need not by definition, provide access to the Internet.

This article will help you set up a LAN Network.

  1. Shut off all computers to be networked.
  2. Connect all computers to a hub or switch using Ethernet cords. If you plan on connecting the computers to the Internet through a main gateway computer, that computer will need two Ethernet adapters installed: one to receive the incoming signal from a modem and one to connect to the hub.
  3. Plug in the hub or switch.
  4. Turn on all of the computers.
  5. Run the network setup wizard on each computer. To access the wizard, go to the "Start" menu and click on "Network," or "Network Connections." Depending on if you are running Windows XP or Vista, things may be labeled differently, but under Network Connections there should be buttons for sharing Internet connections or setting up a network that open the network setup wizard. The wizard will take you through a relatively simple process and configure the computers for networking.
  6. Restart all computers on the network.