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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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  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.



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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