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Step 1: Verifying your D-Link router installation

Steps to Create a Wired D-Link Home Network

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.
Step 2: Preparations for creating a D-Link wired home network

Steps to Create a Wired D-Link Home Network

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

✔  Review the Wired Home Networking system requirements

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

✔  Confirm you have the following required hardware and accessories:

  • D-Link DI-604 or DI-624 router.
  • Power adapter.
  • Cat 5 Ethernet cable to connect each computer to your Actiontec router.
Step 3: Configuring Windows for your D-Link wired home network

Steps to Create a Wired D-Link Home Network

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:

Download the complete instructions for easy printing.

  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.
  2. Right click My Network Places and select Properties.
  3. Right click the network connection for your Network Interface Card (NIC) and select Properties
  4. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties
  5. Select Obtain an IP address automatically if it isn't already checked.
    Figure depicting the Obtain IP Address Automatically option
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click OK again.

    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.

    Download the Windows Setup instructions for easy printing.

  8. Click Start in the left Taskbar.
  9. Click All Programs
  10. Click Accessories
    Figure depicting menus to access the Network Setup Wizard
  11. Click Communications
  12. Select Network Setup Wizard
  13. Select Next when the Welcome to the Network Setup Wizard displays. 
  14. 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.  .
  15. If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next.
  16. Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.
    Figure depicting Setup Wizard
  17. Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next
  18. 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
  19. 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."

  20. 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
  21. Click Next.
  22. Verify the network settings you have entered and click Next.
  23. Click Just finish the wizard; I don't need to run the wizard on other computers and then click Next
  24. Click Finish
  25. If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes