Installing and configuring a Verizon 9100EM wired home network in Windows XP
Creating a wired home network with a Fios connection and a Verizon 9100EM router requires five major steps.
Note: The instructions in this section were created for Windows XP, but the steps for other Windows version (Windows 2000, 7, 8, 10) are nearly identical.
- Verify installation
- Configure Windows for networking
- Add other computers to the network
- Testing your Internet connection
Step 1: Verifying the installation of your Verizon 9100EM router
Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your Verizon 9100EM router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to connect to the Internet.
- Open Internet Explorer or any other browser on your computer.
Enter http://www.verizon.com into the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
- If the Verizon home page does not display, refer to the Verizon 9100EM router troubleshooting tips. After you have solved the problem, repeat this test.
Step 2: Preparations for creating a Verizon 9100EM wired 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.
Use Windows Device Manager to verify that you have a Network Interface Card (NIC) installed in each computer you are adding to your home network.
Confirm that you have the required hardware and accessories:
- Verizon 9100EM router.
- Ethernet cable to connect your router to the Fios wall connection.
- Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the Verizon router.
- Power adapter.
Step 3: Configuring Windows XP for your Verizon 9100EM wired home network
Before you can connect a computer to your home network, you must configure Windows to automatically obtain an IP address for your router.
Note: The instructions and illustrations below use Windows XP, but the steps in Windows 2000 are nearly identical.
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.
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- Click Communications
- Select Network Setup Wizard
Select Next when the Welcome to the Network Setup Wizard displays.
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.
If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next.
Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.
Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next.
- 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).
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."
Enter your home network's workgroup name in the Workgroup name field. You must enter the same workgroup name for each computer on your network, so be sure to enter the same workgroup name that you did when setting up the first computer connected to your router.
- Click Next.
- Verify the network settings you have entered and click Next.
Click Just finish the wizard; I don't need to run the wizard on other computers and then click Next.
If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
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Step 4: Connecting other computers to your Verizon 9100EM wired home network
Connecting additional computers to your Verizon 9100EM wired home network requires four steps.
- Verify that a Network Interface Card (NIC) is installed.
- Connect your computer to the Verizon 9100EM router.
- Check the NIC connection properties.
- Identify the new computer on your network.
Step 5: Testing the Internet connections
The final step is to test your Internet connection. This ensures that all the connections are secure, and the hardware configurations are working properly.
- Open an Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Netscape.
Enter http://www.verizon.com in the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
- Note: If you cannot connect to the Internet, refer to the Verizon 9100EM troubleshooting tips and repeat this test.