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Windows XP Home Network Verification

You should have checked first your Network adapter, then you should verify / configure the
network setup ( Windows XP Home Edition is different than
Windows XP Professional Edition ):

In the Control-Panel, select the
System icon:


(or right-click "My Computer" on the desktop
and select Properties)

Select the tab : Computer Name

The "Full computer Name" must be
UNIQUE on the network : all other
systems MUST have a different name.

Unless you have an NT,Win2000 or
soon an XP-server, you are using the
Workgroup method of networking,
and all systems on the network should
use the SAME workgroup name.

If required, use the button "Change..."
and adjust the values.

Note: Windows XP Home Edition
does NOT allow you to join a domain .
If you need to join a domain
(NT4 or Windows 2000 server),
you need to use the
Windows XP
Professional Version
)
In the Control-Panel, select the
Network Connection icon:


(or right-click "My Network Places" on the desktop
and select Properties)

Select your Local Area Connection,
then right-click and "Properties" or
from the "Network Tasks" (left side)
"Change settings of this connection" :
All required components for a LAN
are installed by default:
- Network Client
- File and Printer Sharing
-
IPX/SPX protocol
-
TCP/IP network protocol

You could also install
NetBEUI
(although not "supported" anymore by Microsoft)

Since most home networks will use
either NetBEUI (because it it very
simple and there is no need for any
configuration)
or TCP/IP, you may
want to "Uninstall" the NWLINK
IPX/SPX protocol.

It is a good choice to use
TCP/IP
protocol , but I suggest to configure
it (via "Properties")

You do not need this protocol.
It is a good choice to use TCP/IP
protocol , but I suggest to configure
it (via "Properties")
For TCP/IP-protocol to work,
each system needs to have a
UNIQUE
IP-address.

By default, TCP/IP is configured to
"Obtain an IP address automatically":
XP will first try to locate a
DHCP
server on the network and if no
DHCP-server is found, it will use
Auto-IP-Generation
(like in Windows
98/ME
and Windows 2000) to
generate an IP-address.


If you select to use such
automatically assigned IP-addresses,
you can open a "Command Prompt"
windows and type :
IPCONFIG to
find out, which IP-address has
assigned to your system.

Since the Automatic IP-address generation
will cause a delay before the network
becomes available (while searching for the
DHCP-server) , I prefer to define the
IP-address myself , especially since I have
on my network also a Windows95 and NT4
system, which are not able to generate
automatically an IP-address and need to be
configured manually.
Also, with more and more people getting
Broadband Internet connections via ADSL
or cable-modems, I prefer to configure the
LAN myself to avoid conflicts with the
network settings for the connection to the
ADSL or cable-modem.

I suggest to use an
IP-address from the
range 192.168.1.x
and Subnet-mask
255.255.255.0.
A quick look under "Advanced..."
with Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft has
introduced "
Active Directory", which
allows to use a network without
NetBIOS
(reducing network overhead, important
especially for WAN configurations).

But unless you have a Windows2000
server (or later a Windows XP server) on
your network, you still need to have
NetBIOS enabled to be able to communicate
with other Windows systems :
make sure, that "NetBIOS over TCP/IP"
is NOT disabled.

You are now ready to access the network via "My Network Places" and to allow other system
to access data on your system by Sharing

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