What Are IP Addresses in Home Networking?

Every device on a home network must be uniquely identified with an IP (Internet Protocol) address. An IP address consists of four sets of numbers from 0 to 255, separated by a decimal, such as: [more…]

How to Manually Configure Home Networking Devices

You can manually configure network properties (such as an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway) for your home networking devices, on all of the Windows 7 computers on your home network. It only [more…]

Using DHCP to Configure Home Networking Devices

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) allows you to use Windows 7 to automatically configure the network properties for most devices on your home network. You’ll also need to configure a DHCP [more…]

How to Configure Your Home Network's Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server

In order to configure your home network devices using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), you need to have a DHCP server on your network. It is often easiest to use the DHCP server that is built-in [more…]

Setting Up User Accounts and Passwords on a Windows 7 Home Network

Creating new user accounts and passwords is a basic network administration task for a Windows 7 home network. With multiple user accounts, several people can use the same computer without affecting each [more…]

Setting Up a Guest Account on a Windows 7 Home Network

The Guest account in a Windows 7 home network is a built-in user account that provides a convenient way for visitors to have temporary access to your computer or network. Rather than setting up a separate [more…]

Setting Up a Virtual Private Network on Your Windows 7 Home Network

With Windows 7, you can set up a virtual private network (VPN) over a secure Internet connection, enabling you to connect to your home network from a remote location. A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel [more…]

Setting Up a Remote Computer to Connect to Your Windows 7 Home Network

Once you’ve set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your home network, you need to set up the devices that will remotely connect to your Windows 7 home network, such as a laptop. You use the Network [more…]

Automating Network Devices throughout Your Home

Advances in home automation technology, including lower hardware costs and new home networking protocols, are making home today seem like they're from the future. Home automation refers to the control [more…]

Networking Your Home Security System

There are many home networking security solutions available today through professional security companies such as ADT, Broadview Security (formerly Brinks), GE Security, and others. Alternatively, you [more…]