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Section 38. Run the Network Setup Wizard

Section 38. Run the Network Setup Wizard

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createyourownnetworknametoidentifytheworkgroup;the

workgroupnamemustbethesameonallthecomputersonthe

homenetwork(meaningtheworkgroup).Theworkgroupname

itselfshouldbeshortanddescriptive.Itcannotcontainspaces

orspecialcharacterssuchas@,#,or$.Becausethe

workgroupnameisreallya"private"networkname(youwon't

havepeopleconnectingtothenetworkwhoarenotpartofyour

WiFihomenetwork),youcanuseanynameyouwant.For

example,IcallmyworkgroupHabraken(mylastname)

becauseitisbothdescriptiveofwhoownsthenetwork(me)

andfairlyuniqueintermsofthenumberofpeoplewhowilluse

thisnamefortheirworkgroup(therearenotthatmany

Habrakensrunningaround).

Finally,foracomputertoshareresources(suchasaprinterand

folders)intheworkgroup,itmustbeconfiguredwiththeFile

andPrinterSharingforMicrosoftNetworksservice.Thereare

twowaysyoucanapproachconfiguringthesevarioussettings

tomakeacomputeramemberofaworkgroup.Theeasiestway

tocreatetheworkgroupistoruntheNetworkSetupWizard.

However,tofullyunderstandwhatthewizardactuallydoesto

yourcomputer,youneedtohavesomeinsightintohowsystem

propertiesareconfiguredforyourcomputer(suchasthe

computernameanditsworkgroupmembership)intheSystem

Propertiesdialogbox.Youalsoneedtounderstandhow

networkclients,services,andprotocolsareusedforworkgroup

communicationandthesharingofnetworkresourcessuchas

printersandfolders.

Runthewizardasexplainedinthistask.Repeatthestepsfor

eachcomputeryouwanttoaddtotheworkgroup.Youcanthen

quicklycheckwhetherthecomputersare"onthenetwork"by

proceedingto VerifyWorkgroupMembershipandAccess

NetworkNeighborhood.

However,ratherthanusingthewizardasaquickfixandthen

movingontousingyournetwork,youmightwanttodevelopa



betterunderstandingofwhattheNetworkSetupWizarddoes

intermsofnamingthecomputerandtheworkgroupand

settingupfileandprintsharing.Referto Namethe

ComputerandJoinaWorkgroup, OpenConnection

PropertiesandEnableClients,Protocols,andServices,

and AddaNetworkClientorService.Thesetasksshow

theactualpropertiesdialogboxesthatcontainyourworkgroup

andnetworkingconfigurations.Sorunthewizardandthenuse

theothertaskstobetterunderstand(and,ifnecessary,

troubleshoot)theworkgroupconfigurationforyourcomputer.

TheNetworkSetupWizardwalksyouthroughthestepsof

namingthecomputerandcreatingtheworkgroup.Itprovides

theoptionofcreatinganetworkfloppydiskyoucanusetoadd

othercomputerstotheworkgroup.Youinsertthedisketteina

computer'sdiskdrive,openMyComputerfromtheStart

menu,accessthefloppydrivebydouble-clickingthefloppy

driveiconinMyComputer,andthendouble-click

netsetup.exeonthefloppydisktorunaprogramthat

configuresthecomputerforworkgroupnetworking.

Youcanusethefloppydiskor(ifyoudidnotcreatethenetwork

floppydisk)runtheNetworkSetupWizardontheother

computersparticipatinginyourWiFiworkgroupnetwork.

Rememberthateverycomputerthatwillparticipateinthe

workgroupmustbeconfiguredwiththesameworkgroupname

(andauniquenameandothernetworksettings)youenter

whenyourunthewizardonthefirstcomputer.



RuntheNetworkSetupWizard



StartNetworkSetupWizard

IntheNetworkandInternetConnectionswindow(openit

fromtheControlPanel),clicktheNetworkSetupWizard

icon.Thefirstpageofthewizardopens;clickNexttobypass



theinitialscreen.Achecklistscreenappears,remindingyou

toinstallyournetworkadaptersandconnectthecomputerto

theInternet(meaningthatyoumustmakethephysicalcable

connectiontotheWiFirouteroraconfiguredWiFiadapter

thatattachestotherouterbyradiosignal).ClickNextto

bypassthisscreen.

SelectConnectionMethod

Thenextwizardscreenasksyoutoselecthowyouare

connectedtothenetworkandtheInternet.Becauseyouare

usingaWiFirouterasagatewaytoyourbroadband

connection,selecttheThiscomputerconnectstothe

Internetthrougharesidentialgatewayorthrough

anothercomputeronmynetworkoption.ThenclickNext

tocontinue.



Tip

OneoftheoptionsonthispageofthewizardsaysThis

computerconnectsdirectlytotheInternet.Acomputer

connecteddirectlytotheInternetiseitheracomputerthat

connectstotheInternetbyamodemoracomputerthatis

directlyconnectedtoyourcablemodemorDSLrouterbya

networkcable.BecauseweareusingaWiFirouter,wedon't

haveanyofourcomputers"connecteddirectlytothe

Internet."



NametheComputer

Onthenextscreen,typeadescriptionandnameforyour

computer.Ifyouarehappywiththenameyoupreviously

assignedyourcomputer,typethesamenameinthetextbox.

Thedescriptionisoptional.ThenclickNexttocontinue.

NametheWorkgroup



Onthenextscreen,typeanamefortheworkgroupyouare

creating.Keepthenamesimplebutalsomakeitdescriptive.

Donotusethedefaultname(whichisMSHOME).When

determiningaworkgroupname,donotusespacesorany

specialcharacters.Afterenteringanamefortheworkgroup,

clickNext.

ActivateFileandPrintSharing

Onthenextscreen,makesurethattheTurnonfileand

printsharingoptionisselectedandthenclickNext.

Thecomputerisnowconfiguredasamemberofthe

workgroupyou'vejustnamed.Thenextscreenprovidesyou

withtheoptionofcreatingaNetworkSetupDisk;ifyou

decidetocreatethedisk,followtheinstructionsprovidedby

thewizard.Whenyouhavecompletedtheprocess,click

Finish.



Tip

YoucanusethefloppydiskcreatedbytheNetworkSetup

Wizardtoaddothercomputerstotheworkgroup.Thisisa

matteroftakingthedisktoeachcomputerandrunningthe

NetworkSetupWizardwiththediskplacedinthecomputer's

floppydrive.Becausemanynewcomputersdon'thavedisk

drives,youcanalsorunthewizardoneachcomputertoaddit

totheworkgroup.







39.NametheComputerandJoinaWorkgroup

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



AboutConfiguringPCsforNetworking

RuntheNetworkSetupWizard



IfyouhaveruntheNetworkSetupWizardasdescribedin

RuntheNetworkSetupWizardandcanviewandaccess

othercomputersinyourworkgroup(asoutlinedin Verify

WorkgroupMembershipandAccessNetwork

Neighborhood),youdon'tneedtomakeanychangestothe

SystemPropertiesdialogboxasoutlinedinthistask.This

taskshowsyouhowtochangeacomputer'snameandits

workgroupaffiliationwithoutre-runningtheNetworkSetup

Wizard.Ifyouwanttochangeacomputer'snameorthe

workgroup'sname,usingtheSystemPropertiesdialogboxis

astraightforwardwaytoaccomplishthesetasks.

TheSystemPropertiesdialogboxprovidesyouwithaccessto

yourcomputer'snameandthenameoftheworkgrouptowhich

yourcomputercurrentlybelongs.Asyouknow,eachcomputer

onthenetworkmustbeconfiguredwithauniquenamethatisa

maximumof15characters.Youcanusealphanumericand

numericcharacters,butyoucannotusespacesorspecial

characterssuchas@,#,$,andsooninthename.



NametheComputerandJoinaWorkgroup



OpenSystemPropertiesDialogBox

ClicktheStartmenuandthenright-clicktheMyComputer

icon.SelectPropertiesfromthecontextmenuthatappears.

TheSystemPropertiesdialogboxopens.



Tip

IftheMyComputericonisonyourWindowsdesktop,you



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