Install a Wired Network

Installing a wired network comprises assembling the proper components. To install a wired network, assemble the cables, network adapter, and router, among other components. Follow these steps to install the network:

1

Turn off and unplug all the computers.

All of them that are going to be connected to your soon-to-be network should be unplugged.

2

Turn off all the computers’ peripherals.

This includes printers, monitors, modems, and anything else that’s attached to any computer.

3

Install the network adapters.

Plug the USB adapters into your computers’ USB ports. If you’re using adapter cards, remove each computer’s case and push the card into the proper size of slot. (If you live in a static-prone environment, ground yourself first by touching the side of the computer’s case.)

4

Replace the computers’ cases, if necessary, and connect each network cable between the computer’s adapter and the router (or switch).

Unless you’re using wireless adapters, you may need to route cables under carpets or around doorways. (Most routers and switches have power cords that need to be plugged into a wall outlet as well.)

5

Plug the modem into the router’s WAN port if you are a broadband Internet user.

Most routers label their cable modem’s port with the letters WAN (Wide Area Network). The router’s other ports, labeled LAN (Local Area Network), are numbered. You can plug any PC into any of the numbered ports. (You can leave some numbered ports empty.)

6

Turn on the computers and their peripherals.

Turn on the computers and their monitors, printers, modems, and whatever else happens to be connected to them.

7

Select a location for your network.

When Windows Vista wakes up and notices the newly attached network equipment, it asks you for your network’s location: Home, Work, or Public Location. Choose whether you’re working at home or work (safe) or in public (less safe), and Vista automatically adds the proper security level to protect you.

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