A wired home network provides fast sharing of files, internet access and printers. Unlike a wireless network, there is no signal being broadcast out of the home, so there is no way for neighbours or people outside the home to connect to the network.
A typical home network will take around 30 minutes to one hour to set-up. All of the needed equipment can be purchased from most electronics stores. No advanced computer knowledge is required, since the set-up wizard simplifies the process of configuring the network protocols.
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Things you need
- Ethernet cables
- Network router
Locate the network router in a central location that will make it as easy as possible to run the wires to each computer. Plug the router's power adaptor into the wall, and connect the jack to the power port at the back of the router. If a broadband connection is going to be shared, plug the modem's Ethernet cable into the port on the router labelled "internet," "WAN" or "WWW."
Connect a network cable to the Ethernet port on the back of each computer, then run the line to the router. Plug each computer into any of the numbered ports on the back of the router. Make sure all of the cables are placed in a low-traffic location, such as against a wall.
Ensure all of the computers, the router and the modem are plugged in and powered on. On any one of the computers, run the Network Setup Wizard by clicking "Start," "Control Panel" then "Network Setup Wizard." Follow the on-screen instructions, answering any questions that are asked. When finished, repeat this set-up on the rest of the computers on the network.
Restart all of the computers. The network is now set-up; the systems will be able to share files, folders, printers and a single internet connection.