Last week we introduced you to some networking terms and technologies. This week, we will show you how to start building your network.
In these instructions we discuss how to setup a network for sharing the Internet, but if you only want to setup a network for sharing files and printers without broadband, simply leave out the broadband modem and these instructions will still apply.
One term we did not define last week was Network Interface Card (NIC). Currently, there are two main types of NIC’s. Wireless and wired. A NIC is a device that is connected to your computer that allows communication with other computers (networking). This can be done either through wireless means or wired means with an ethernet cable.
All computers that you want to network need to have a NIC. You choose whether it is wireless or wired. Almost all computers built since 2002 have an internal NIC for networking right from the factory…even laptops. Almost all laptops built since 2004 have built-in wireless networking capabilities as well. If you need to add one to your computer, a NIC will cost between $10-25. A wireless NIC will cost around $40.
To complete your network, have the following items handy and ready to go before you start:
Almost all of the major brand of routers (Linksys, Belkin, D-Link, etc) offer a CD with a ‘wizard to setup the Internet sharing part of your network. Follow the steps exactly.
No matter what brand of router you have, you will typically go through the following steps for setting it up:
Again, this is a general overview of the setup process and will vary a little with each particular router.
Read all the tips in this series below: