The Windows95 network setup is not very
complicated, as long as you installed all required modules:
You need to define/configure:
- the driver to control your "Network
- the "protocol" (compare it on agreeing on a language: you
need to install on all systems the SAME protocol,
to make sure, the systems can "talk" to each other). On
Windows95, you have the choice between "NetBEUI","IPX/SPX"
and "TCP/IP", for which Microsoft has delivered all necessary
- a "Client module", which is
the part of the network software going OUT and trying to access
data stored on disks on OTHER computers on the network.
This 3 module are required for a complete network. optional, you
can also install:
- a "Server Module", which is
the part of the network software answering incoming requests and
allowing other systems to access data on your disks. This module
is called on Windows 95 the "File
and Printer Sharing".
The links between the modules (the arrows in the above drawing)
are called: "Bindings" and it is required to have proper Bindings
through the complete path of the network-connection from the
Client-module on one system to the Server-module on another
If the binding is 'missing' somewhere on the way, then the
network is 'broken' and you have no connection.