How to set up a home phoneline network in Windows XP?

1. Insert the CD that comes with your HomePNA (HPNA) adapter into each PC that will be networked to install the necessary software and copy the device driver before plugging the adapter for the first time.
2. Insert or connect a HPNA adapter to each computer that you will network. You can use internal adapter (PCI card) or external adapter (USB adapter or PCMCIA card). Plug one end of the telephone cable to RJ11 port on the HPNA adapter and the other end to the wall phone jack. Most PCs have integrated dial-up modem which also has an RJ11 socket. So, if you use an internal HPNA adapter, don't confuse the HPNA adapter port with the dial-up modem port.
3. Windows XP will detect the new hardware and the Found New Hardware Wizard appears. Follow the instructions in the wizard to install your HPNA adapter driver.
4. If you have installed your HPNA adapter correctly, it will appear on the Device Manager under "Network adapters" and a Local Area Connection will be created on the Network Connections folder under LAN or High-Speed Internet.

5. If you already have an Internet connection on one computer running Windows XP and other computers will connect to the Internet through it, run the Network Setup Wizard on this computer first (i.e. the ICS host). 
6. Follow the instructions in the wizard to name your computer and your workgroup, share the Internet connection, and turn on/off file and printer sharing. You must insert a blank formatted floppy disk when prompted if you have computers running Windows 98, 98 SE, or ME and want to connect those computers to your HPNA network.
7. Insert the floppy disk on computers running Windows 98, 98 SE, or ME. Double-click a file named "netsetup" to run the Network Setup Wizard on each computer.
8. If you have completed the network setup, you can check whether your HPNA network has been working from My Network Places. Under Network Task, click "View workgroup computers". On the right pane, you will see all connected computers - each with the name you have assigned to it through the Network Setup Wizard.
9. If you turn on file and printer sharing in the Network Setup Wizard and have specified shared folders or printer, when you double-click a computer name you will see shared folders or printer on that computer.

10. To connect to the Internet, go to the ICS host (i.e. the computer with direct Internet connection). Double-click the Internet connection icon in the right-pane of Network Connections folder. Type in your user name and password and click Dial. If your ICS host has a broadband Internet connection using DSL or cable modem, you are on the Internet as you turn it on.
11. On other computers that will connect to the Internet through the ICS host, just open your browser, type in your favorite website address in the address bar and you are ready to surf the Internet. You can do any Internet activity independent of the ICS host as long as the ICS host is on.
12. If you use a broadband router (a.k.a. residential gateway) to connect to the Internet, you must use a router which supports HPNA. If your router doesn't have a HPNA interface, put a HPNA-to-Ethernet bridge between your router and one available phone outlet, pull an Ethernet cable from the bridge to the router's Ethernet (RJ45) socket and a telephone cable to the wall telephone outlet. On every computer, choose "This computer connects to the Internet through another computer or residential gateway" in the Network Setup Wizard.
13. If you have an existing LAN using other technology (e.g. Ethernet or Wi-Fi), you can use a network bridge to connect your HPNA network to this network. You can create a (software) bridge on Windows XP from the Network Setup Wizard or manually via Network Connections folder.