Networking in Windows® 7 and Windows® Vista Based Systems
Learn about the tips to set up a home network with Windows 7 and Windows Vista based systems.
Network sharing favors the sharing of many files and resources across computers. With the help of a computer network, users working on different workstations are able to share and access each others' files easily. A network also favors the sharing of resources. With its help you can share a single modem, Internet connection and printer efficiently with the other computers in the network. The success of your network depends on quality and implementation.
The following points discuss about TCP/IP and the tips to set up a home network with Windows 7 and Windows Vista based systems:
- What is TCP/IP?
- Tips to set up a home network with Windows 7 based systems
- Tips to set up a home network with Windows Vista based systems
What is TCP/IP?
TCP/IP or Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol is a protocol used for communication in a private network. Your PC often provides you a copy of TCP/IP program when you set up a direct access to the Internet. The TCP/IP protocol has been divided into different layers, namely, network access layer, Internet layer, Transport layer and Application layer. The different layers in TCP/IP are responsible for carrying out different functions. The TCP/IP protocol converts the messages or files into smaller packets of data and these packets are then transmitted over the Internet and then received by the TCP layer.
Tips to set up a home network with Windows 7 based systems
In Windows 7, you can easily create a home network by using the HomeGroup feature. If a homegroup already exists then you can easily join it. When you install Windows 7, a homegroup is created automatically. In order to add a computer to the existing homegroup, you need to go to 'Control Panel' in the 'Start' menu and type 'HomeGroup' in the search box. After that, click 'HomeGroup' and then click on 'Join Now'. The homegroup will then link all the computers that are running Windows 7 and you will be able to share your files, pictures, documents, music, videos and printers with the other Windows 7 based computers on the network easily.
In order to set up a home network with your Windows Vista based PC, you need to follow certain steps. First, go to 'Control Panel' in the 'Start' menu and select the 'Network and Sharing Center' icon by double-clicking on it. Then, click the 'Set Updating a Connection or Network' link on the left side, click 'Set Updating a Wireless Ad Hoc' and press the 'Next' button. Then, in order to share files with the other computers on the network you need to enter the computer name, password etc.
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