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How To Network Home Computers and Enjoy Great Benefits

Have you ever thought about networking your computers at home? If you have a small collection of computers around the house (and a small collection of computer users), you can connect each one of those computers to one another and share data, software, and hardware (printer, scanner, copier etc.) including sharing of a single Internet connection.

 

There are many creative uses for home networking, however it’s an ideal situation when upgrading each computer to the same capability is financially out of the question. On a home network, each computer has access to the equipment of the better machine in the group as if that equipment were their own (saving of money).

Connecting computers with either an Ethernet cable (cables needed along with switch/modem/router) or a Wireless connection (no cables but wireless switch/router/modem) can create a home network. The easiest and cheapest method uses an Ethernet connection, which requires a series of network cards, a cable for each computer, and a switch/router/modem.

You’ll want to first, select the computers that will connect to each other and then install the network cards (wired or wireless) inside each of them. Then you’ll connect a cable to each computer that will communicate with the server in case of wired network. These cables won’t connect to the server directly. Instead, they’ll connect to the switch/router ethernet ports/modem ethernet ports. To enable Internet access for each computer, this router will need to connect with a modem of the host machine (server connecting to Internet).

Once the networking hardware is set up correctly (you’ll need to read the relevant manual of your equipment for details), you can then setup the network from Windows on each machine. Within Windows, you can set up a home network similar to the way that you set up an Internet connection. This time, you’ll set up a LAN (Local Area Network) connection for your home network.
 
Windows should walk you through setting up a LAN after starting the computer and once complete, you can begin to connect one of your machines to the network. You can do this through Internet Explorer by typing in the router/switch/modem management address and password required to access the router (the address and password required to access the router will be in the router/relevant device manual).

Connected to the network, each computer can exchange files with each other, open applications on a remote computer, play the music files and videos that are on another computer, and share a single Internet account to browse the web, download files, or chat with someone in an entirely different country. If a single printer is available on only one computer in the network, every PC on the same network can send documents to it and print them out. Kids will happily enjoy the benefit of playing multi-player games and adults will enjoy the ability to blast a single message to everyone at once or maintain a group schedule. These are all the benefits of home networking of your PC’s. Costly resources sharing is one of the biggest benefits of yours computer home network!

Since we’re writing of a home network that will connect to the Internet, you’re strongly advised to install a protective firewall, antispyware, antivirus program to safeguard against hackers, spyware and Internet viruses respectively on each of the PC’s on your home network.
 
If you have confidential files that shouldn’t be shared (bank statements, credit card details, etc.), you can restrict their access in one of several ways. You can put them in a new folder and then remove the "read" permissions for that folder. Or, you can configure who can and who cannot access specific files with a password from within Windows Control Panel.

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