Set up Home Network with Windows® XP®
Want to create a home network in Windows XP? Read on to find out how.
Windows XP is the most popular version of the Windows operating system. It is packed with highly functional features and options to enhance the productivity of its users. Windows XP is very light on system resources, which makes it capable of being installed on even low configuration systems. It offers good support for third party applications that can be utilized to enhance the OS functionality. The OS also features a good set of networking options that allow the users to easily set up and connect with available network connections. The 'Home Network' option in Windows XP can be used to set up a small home based network interconnecting compatible computers at home. Windows XP supports both wired and wireless home networks and the users can opt for the one that suites their needs.
Discussed below are some points regarding the benefits of setting up home networks in Windows XP:
- Share Internet connection
- Share files and storage space
- Share printers and other devices
Share Internet connection
The home networking option in the Windows XP operating system allows the users to share a single Internet connection with the other computers in the home network. Setting up a shared network connection can enable multiple users to access the connection from any computer that is connected to the network. This eliminates the need to use a single system with a network connection. However, the users should acquire the consent from the ISP and select the most apt Internet plan to suite this as the data usage will be more in a home network. This is because the network connection can be accessed from multiple computers simultaneously.
Share files and storage space
The home networking option in Windows XP can allow the users to share files, folders and documents between the systems that are connected to the home network. This eliminates the need of external storage devices like flash drives to copy data and information from one system to another. This option also allows the users to clear up considerable amount of storage space as all files can be stored on a single system and can be accessed from other computers connected to the network.
Other than sharing files and the Internet connection, the home networking option in Windows XP also allows the users to set up and share devices like printers and external optical drives that are connected with any of the systems in the network. With the printer sharing options enabled, the users can print copies using a single printer connected to any of the network computers. Other devices, like an optical drive, scanner or copier can also be shared with other computers in the network. The users can even set up compatible multi-player games for playing with other users over the network.
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