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How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows Vista

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]

How to Find Your PC’s IP Address in Windows 7

When your computer is on an Ethernet network, it has an IP address that tells the network where to find that PC. It helps traffic flow between computers because each one has its own IP address. If you [more…]

What is DHCP?

On a modern Ethernet network, with a robust router as overseer, IP addresses are assigned to each PC as it joins the network. The process, which is automatic, is referred to as [more…]

How to Manually Assign an IP Address in Windows XP

Most computers that are attached to an Ethernet network will have their IP addresses assigned automatically by DHCP. You can configure your PC to use its own IP address, effectively disabling DHCP. [more…]

How to Manually Assign an IP Address in Windows Vista

Most computers that are attached to an Ethernet network will have their IP addresses assigned automatically by DHCP. You can configure your PC to use its own IP address, effectively disabling DHCP. Here’s [more…]

How to Manually Assign an IP Address in Windows 7

Most computers that are attached to an Ethernet network will have their IP addresses assigned automatically by DHCP. You can configure your PC to use its own IP address, effectively disabling DHCP. Here’s [more…]

How to Repair the Network in Windows

Lurking in various places around the numerous networking windows and dialog boxes are certain Repair links and buttons. Your first stab at resolving a network oddity is to grasp one of those Repair options [more…]

How to Disconnect a Windows Computer from the Network

If you have tried all other network troubleshooting tools and methods, the final, and sometimes necessary, move you can make is to simply disconnect the PC from the network. You can do this physically, [more…]

What is a Network Workgroup?

When your PC joins a peer-to-peer network, it becomes part of a workgroup. The workgroup is simply a group of computers using the same Ethernet network. There has to be a hub, which can be merely a switch [more…]

How to Change the Name of a Windows Network Workgroup

There’s no magic to creating a workgroup. Out of the box, Windows assigns your PC to a workgroup named WORKGROUP, or possibly MSHOME. You can stick with those names. In fact, that’s probably what you’re [more…]

How to Browse the Network Workgroups in Windows

Neither Windows 7 nor Windows Vista pays much attention to workgroup names. No matter how you set up the network, all computers on the network appear in the Network window. Even computers with a different [more…]

How to Make Sharing Possible in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Before you try to share files and devices across your network workgroup, you must ensure that Windows has a favorable attitude toward offering up the computer’s precious resources. The place to look is [more…]

How to Make Sharing Possible in Windows XP

To configure sharing for folders and printers on your Windows XP computer, you must customize the network connection. It’s normally done when you first set up the computer for networking. But it can also [more…]

How to Share Your PC’s Printer in Windows XP

Windows allows you to share a printer that is connected to your computer with other computers on your network or within your workgroup. To share a printer attached to your Window XP PC with other computers [more…]

How to Share Your PC’s Printer in Windows Vista

Windows allows you to share a printer that is connected to your computer with other computers on your network or within your workgroup. To share a printer attached to your Window Vista PC with other computers [more…]

How to Share Your PC’s Printer in Windows 7

Windows allows you to share a printer that is connected to your computer with other computers on your network or within your workgroup. To share a printer attached to your Window 7 PC with other computers [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Issues on Your Windows Network

Like anything else you add to your computer, a Bluetooth gizmo introduces change. That change can cause problems. You can have problems with other devices that are incompatible with your Bluetooth device [more…]

How to Connect Multiple Wireless Base Stations

If you need to increase the range of your network, it is possible to do so by connecting wireless base stations to one another. Don’t be surprised if the range you actually get from your wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows 7

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows Vista

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows XP

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows 7

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows Vista

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows XP

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Connect to a Wireless Network

You can seek out a wireless network in at least two ways. The first is to use Windows. The second is to use any custom software that came with the wireless NIC. Here’s how to find a wireless network in [more…]

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