Network home computers
Increasing productivity with the whole family
Have you ever thought about making the computer network at home? If you have a small collection of computers in your home (and a small collection of computer users), you connect each of these computers and share data, software, and hardware, including an Internet connection. There are many creative applications for home networks, but it is an ideal situation when upgrading each computer to the same possibility is financially out of the question. On a home network, each computer has access to the best machine equipment in the group as if that equipment were yours.
Connecting computers to an Ethernet cable or a wireless connection can create a home network. The simplest and cheapest method uses an Ethernet connection, which requires a series of network cards, a cable for each computer, and a router. The network card is similar to the old modems we used in the past to connect to the Internet, but on a home network is used to communicate with any computer connected to it.
First you want to select the computers that connect to each other, and then install the network cards on each of those computers. Then connect a cable to any computer that communicates with the server. These cables do not connect directly to the server. Instead, they connect to the router. To enable Internet access for each computer, this router must connect to a host machine modem.
Once the hardware is set up correctly (you need to read your device’s manual instructions for more information), set up the Windows network on each machine. Within Windows, you set up a home network similar to the way you set up an Internet connection. Only this time, you set up a Local Area Network (LAN) connection.
Windows you need by setting up a LAN after you start your computer and once you’re done, you start connecting one of your machines to the network. You do this through Internet Explorer by typing in the address and password required to access the router (the address and password required to access the router is on the manual router).
Each computer is connected to the network and can send files back and forth, open programs on a remote computer, play sound and video files on another computer, and share an Internet account to surf the web, download files, or chat with someone in another country. If only one printer is available on only one computer on the network, any connected PC can send and print documents to it. Children will take the opportunity to play multiplayer games and adults will take the opportunity to send a single message to everyone at once or maintain a group schedule.
Since we describe a home network that connects to the Internet, you are strongly advised to install a security firewall program to prevent Internet viruses, worms, or other malicious spyware code. Avoid firewalls, but do not fix them. Only antivirus and antispyware programs can reverse damage. Then you have to install a firewall on the computer that grants access to the computer and then install an antivirus and anti-spyware program on each of the remaining computers on the network.
If you have files that should not be shared (bank statements, credit card information, etc.), you will restrict access to them in several ways. You put them in a new folder, and then delete the read permissions from that folder. You also specify who can (and can) open certain files with a Windows Control Panel password.