Setting up a home computer network is getting easier to do as time passes. Most personal computers already have built-in networking operation systems. Additionally, most computers and routers come with networking wizards to guide the owner through the process of setting up a home computer network.
The basic process of setting up a home network is the same no matter what type of desktop operating system the computer is using. These steps are:
Decide what type of network to set up – decide whether to use a wired network, a wireless network, or a combination of both; decide what devices are to be integrated into the network; make sure all the hardware, software, and operating systems are compatible with each other.
Install any necessary hardware– i.e. install or connect network adapters, network interface cards, or any cables needed (follow the instructions that came with each product)
Set up an Internet connection (optional) – If Internet connection is desired, a cable or DSL modem and an account with an Internet service provider (ISP) will be needed. If an ISP account and internet connection already exists, then simply verify the connection is working properly. To test the connection, merely open the web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer) and go to a website that normally is not visited. If the website opens without any errors, the connection is working right.
Share the Internet connection– if desired, share the internet connection by using a router and modem, or set up Internet Connection Sharing on the computer that is connected to the modem. Follow the instructions that came with the router to set it up properly. Remember that the router has to be connected to the computer and modem, and both the router and modem must be turned on in order for the internet connection to work.
Connect other computers and devices – how to do this will depend on what types of network adapters, modem, and Internet connections are present. It will also depend on whether or not the internet connection is to be shared with all the computers and devices in the network.
Run network setup wizard for wireless networks.
Test network set up – add each device in one at a time and test it to make sure it is working properly before adding in another computer or device.