Adjust the Network Configuration for Windows95/98/ME
You should have now on your desktop the icon
for the "Network Neighborhood":
"Network Neighborhood" and select
from the context/pop-up menu "Properties" to
the Network Configuration
or via the applet
"Network" in the "Control-Panel:
Depending on your Windows version, different
items will be shown in the Network Configuration:
(to get all entries listed, I copy/pasted all entries
graphic, you would have to scroll to see all of them)
On Windows95, the installation of a
card would also install:
- "Client for Netware Networks"
- IPX/SPX compatible Protocol
- NetBEUI protocol
|Windows98 or ME:
Starting with Windows98, only the
"Client for Microsoft Networks"
TCP/IP protocol will be installed.
This requires now some clean-up.
If you like to know a little more about the "Why", have
a look at Network
the flow of information and the logical connection between the
There is no need to be concerned about
making mistakes in the Network Configuration:
||if you made a mistake and
deleted too much
(or you think you make a mistake), just
exit the Network Configuration by selecting
none for your changes
made since calling up the Network
Configuration will be stored !
This allows to start again to make
||If you like, you can
start all-over again:
- select the PCI-network card and click
on the button "Remove"
to delete it.
Then exit the Network Configuration
by selecting "OK".
You will be
prompted to reboot, and when you
reboot, Windows will detect again
the network card allowing you
start again the configuration.
A word on the network protocols and its usage on Network
a look at the lines for Protocol:
Sometime protocols are listed multiple times,
with the "arrow ->"
to different adapters:
It shows you, which protocol will be used
with the different network adapters.
(this is called a "Binding")
In the example on the left, I am communicating
both on the dial-up adapter (my modem to
connect to the Internet) and on the local
network with TCP/IP.
In case I decide to communicate only to
the Internet with TCP/IP, but with NetBEUI
on the local network, I simply "Add"
the "Protocol" "NetBEUI" provided by
||When adding a protocol,
that you like to use it to communicate on
all defined network adapters.
Select now the un-wanted combinations
(in my example: NetBEUI on the
and TCP/IP on the LAN) and
||This system is now
configured to communicate
on the Dial-Up Adapter (to the Internet) using
TCP/IP-protocol and on the local network
(using the PCI Ethernet card) using NetBEUI protocol.
Lets adjust the Network configuration to our
1) Delete everything, which is NOT
2) Configure the
||There is usually no need to configure
TCP/IP for a Dial-Up Adapter, the default
values work for most connections (unless
otherwise requested by your Internet Provider)
Select the TCP/IP for your PCI-Ethernet card,
and ask for the "Properties":
On the tab: "IP-address"
, by default your
system is configured to "obtain an
a DHCP-server or
Select to "Specify an IP-address"
enter your IP-address (usually:
192.168.1.2 or 192.168.1.3 or....),
then define as "Subnet Mask" : 255.255.255.0.
For a simple home-network, that is all what is
required (Windows98SE/ME Internet
Sharing ICS will
require later more work).
|tap: IP-address : "Obtain an IP address
3) Activate File
and Print Sharing
||By default, Windows only
install the network
components to allow your system to connect
to a network to access data/files and printers
on other computers.
But since you purchase a network to
exchange data between multiple systems,
you need now to configure this system to
allow other systems to get to the data on
your disk and to print on your printer:
click on "File and Print Sharing",
to give access to your files and to your
even if "File and Print Sharing"
no permission has yet been given to access
anything on your system !
You will need in a later step to give permissions
for other systems to access your system
(you will need to "Share"
4) Select your "Primary Network
||You will need later to
Logon to the network:
to identify yourself.
Please, select as "Primary Network Logon"
to use the "Client for Microsoft
the names for the computer and workgroup
||You have decided already
for your computer and for your workgroup.
(you may have been prompted
after the first reboot to define these names).
Select in the Network configuration the tab: "Identification"
and enter your
(MUST be UNIQUE on the network)
and your "Workgroup"
(MUST the IDENTICAL on all
just to cover the Network applet completely:
||tab : "Access
Windows 95/98/ME is only offers limited security,
one of the limitations is that you can only use
"Share-level access control"
sharing a disk, folder or printer
control" is only
available , if there is either an NT-system
or Novell Netware server on the network,
from which Windows can borrow a
6) Default Protocol
I strongly advise to use on the local network only 1 protocol.
However if you have to use 2 (or even 3) protocols, you need to
tell the system, which
is the default protocol, which needs to be defined on ALL systems
as the Default protocol.
||Select the main protocol
via the network card, and display the
Select on the "Property"
page of the protocol
the tab: "Advanced"
and then place the
"Set this protocol to be the default
You do that ONLY on ONE protocol, and it
must be the same on all systems.
Once everything is configured, select "OK" to close the
Any change to the network will require a restart :