Procedure to set-up a local area connection on Windows® 7
What is a local area connection? What are the steps to set-up a local area connection on Windows 7?
A local area connection is a method in which all locally available computers are interconnected to form a network. Once a network connection is established, you can share drives, folders and printers with other users on the network. Users on the network can access shared resources based on the permission and user rights by the administrator. There are two ways to set-up a wireless network, one is by using network cables, hubs and switches and the other is setting up a wireless network using a wireless router. You can choose one that suits your needs. You can create different user groups that will have different user rights and according to the assigned user privileges, network users can use the network.
Methods to set-up a local area network on Windows 7:
- Install network card
- Set IP address and computer name
- Share drives or folders
Install network card
A network card is required for all types of networks. Wireless network card is available for wireless networks and Ethernet card is available for wired networks. A driver program has to be installed for the network card which will allow the operating system to communicate with the network card to establish a local area network.
Set IP address
An IP address has to be assigned to each computer to order to set-up a network. An IP address is the identity of a computer on the network, and all computers should have the same range of IP address. If you are setting up a wireless network, your wireless router will be serving the computer with an IP address. So, set the computer to obtain IP from Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and if you are using a wired network, specify the IP address. You can go to the properties of the local area connection to change the IP settings. You need to specify the computer name and workgroup name. You can run the network setup wizard to complete the network set-up easily.
Once the connectivity is made, you need to share drives and folders that you want to grant access to. You can right-click on any folder or drive that you want to share and enable sharing. All shared drives and folders will be displayed on the network or network places depending on your operating system.
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