Setting Up Home Network in Windows® 7
Are you aware of the need and benefits for setting up a home network in Windows 7 operating system?
HomeGroup is a new feature in Windows 7 that makes file and printer sharing very easy on a home network. HomeGroup helps to access files and printers on other computers on your home network. It also makes it easy to stream media to devices in your home, for example, to an electronic picture frame or to a current-generation TV. With Windows 7, you may be able to easily share files and printers across a network through this HomeGroup feature. HomeGroup lets you to connect to files and printers with a group password, but all the PCs need to have Windows 7. Windows may share a printer with other PCs on your network, so everyone in that particular network may get connected as long as your printer and PCs are on.
The following are the tips to set-up a home network in Windows 7 operating system:
- Install hardware and verify Internet connection
- Connect the computers
- Run the set-up
Install hardware and verify Internet connection
Before setting up a home network, install network adapters in any of the computers in the network. You also need an Internet connection. In order to set-up an Internet connection, you need to have a cable or DSL modem and an account with an Internet service provider (ISP). Then you may connect to the Internet and follow the instructions correctly for downloading the driver for that particular hardware. If you already have an Internet connection, you need to just verify that the connection is working.
Connect the computers
There are several ways to connect computers. The configuration may depend on the type of network adapters, modem and Internet connection that you have. It also depends on whether you want to share an Internet connection among all the computers on the network. Turn on all computers or devices, such as printers, that you need to be a part of your network. Also you need to test your network to make sure that all computers and devices are connected correctly.
Run the set-up
If your network is wireless, you must run the Setup a Wireless Router or Access Point wizard on the computer attached to the router. Open Setup a Wireless Router or Access Point by clicking the ‘Start’ button and opening the ‘Control Panel’, click ‘Network and Internet Connections’ and then click ‘Network and Sharing Center’. Also, in the left pane, click ‘Setup a Connection or Network’ and also click ‘Setup a Wireless Router or Access Point’. After that you need to test your network to ensure that all of the computers and devices are connected and working properly.
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