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Installing and configuring a D-Link wired home network
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Steps to Create a Wired D-Link DI-604 Home Network in Windows XP


Creating a wired D-Link home network in Windows XP requires five major steps:

  1. Verify installation


  2. Preparations


  3. Configure Windows for networking


  4. Add the other computers to the network


  5. Testing your Internet connection



Step 1: Verifying your D-Link router installation
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Steps to Create a Wired D-Link DI-604 Home Network in Windows XP


Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your D-Link router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to verify you can connect to the Internet.

  1. Open Internet Explorer or any other browser on your computer.


  2. Enter http://verizon.com into the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
Verizon Home Page




Step 2: Preparations for creating a D-Link wired home network
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Steps to Create a Wired D-Link DI-604 Home Network in Windows XP


Before you begin setting up your home network, be sure that you have completed each item on the checklist below.

Figure depicting a check box Review the Wired Home Networking system requirements.


Figure depicting a check box Verify that you have a Network Interface Card (NIC) for each computer you are adding to your home network.

Figure depicting a check box Confirm you have the following required hardware and accessories:





Step 3: Configuring Windows for your D-Link DI-624 wired home network
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Steps to Create a Wired D-Link DI-604 Home Network in Windows XP


Before you can connect a computer to your home network, you must configure Windows to automatically obtain an IP address for the D-Link router.

The instructions and illustrations below use Windows XP. Although you can set up a network in Windows 98 SE, Me and 2000, you will find it significantly easier if the computer connected to the router or gateway is running Windows XP. Windows XP was designed with features and installation wizards specifically for networking.


To configure your NIC connection in Windows XP:

  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Right click My Network Places and select Properties.[Show Me]


  3. Right click the network connection for your Network Interface Card (NIC) and select Properties. [Show Me]
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Running the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard is not required for a wired home network, but it provides a method to identify your computer on the network. This will make it much easier when you begin sharing folders and files over your home network.


 





Note: Because this is the name that will display in My Network Places to identify this computer, you may want to give it a descriptive name like "office_desktop" or "Michelles_laptop."

  1. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties. [Show Me]


  2. Select Obtain an IP address automatically if it isn't already checked.
    Figure depicting the Obtain IP Address Automatically option


  3. Click OK.


  4. Click OK again.
  5. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  6. Click All Programs


  7. Click Accessories

    Figure depicting menus to access the Network Setup Wizard


  8. Click Communications


  9. Select Network Setup Wizard


  10. Select Next when the Welcome to the Network Setup Wizard displays.
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  11. Review the preparation steps and select Next. Please disregard the note to install the network adapters and turn on all peripherals. That will be done in a later step.
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  12. If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next.
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  13. Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.

    Figure depicting Setup Wizard


  14. Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next.
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  15. Enter a description for the computer you are connecting to the network in the Computer description field. It should be a description that differentiates it from the other computers that will be on the network (For example, office desktop).

    Figure depicting Setup Wizard


  16. Enter a name for this computer in the Computer name field. The name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.

    1. Note: Because this is the name that will display in My Network Places to identify this computer, you may want to give it a descriptive name like "office_desktop" or "Michelles_laptop."


  17. Enter a name for your network workgroup in the Workgroup name field. You will assign this same workgroup name to all the other computers on your network, so you may want to write it down.

    Figure depicting the Workgroup field


  18. Click Next.


  19. Verify the network settings you have entered and click Next.


  20. Click Just finish the wizard; I don't need to run the wizard on other computers and then click Next.
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  21. Click Finish.
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  22. If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
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Step 4: Adding other computers to your wired D-Link home network
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Steps to Create a Wired D-Link DI-604 Home Network in Windows XP


Adding computers to your D-Link wired home network requires four steps:

  1. Verify that a Network Interface Card (NIC) is installed
  2. Connect the computer to the D-Link router
  3. Check the NIC connection properties
  4. Identifying the new computer on your network



Step 5: Testing the Internet connections
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Steps to Create a Wired D-Link DI-604 Home Network in Windows XP


The final step is to test your Internet connection. This ensures that all the connections are secure, and the hardware configurations are working properly.

  1. Open an Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Netscape.


  2. Enter http://www.verizon.com in the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
Verizon Home Page


What's Next?

You have successfully installed your wireless home network. When you're ready, the next step to get the maximum benefits from your home network is to configure Windows to share folders and printers



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