Windows XP Networking Guide

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Windows XP Networking Guide : Network Setup Wizard

If you plan your network to use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS), you must run the Network Setup Wizard on the ICS host first and save the network setup files in a floppy disk to run on other computers in your network. The ICS host is the computer that connects directly to the Internet and shares its Internet connection with other computers. The ICS host must be turned on whenever other computers want to connect to the Internet.

Using residential gateway (router) to connect your network to the Internet prevents you from having to always turn on one computer for Internet connection. Because any communication from any computer in your network must pass through the residential gateway, the computer is practically hidden from the Internet. The gateway assigns itself a permanent address and a unique dynamic address for each computer (client) on your network.

If your computer connects directly to the Internet or through a hub, your computer is seen from the Internet. As a security precaution, make sure to set up the Windows Firewall correctly and update your anti-virus software regularly to protect your computer from any harms.

If you enable file and printer sharing service in the Network Setup Wizard, you can go to a specific folder in Windows Explorer and enable it for sharing (by right clicking on the file or folder name and click "Sharing and Security" or by clicking "Share this folder" task in the File and Folder Tasks). For sharing a specific printer, go to Control Panel, click Printers and Faxes, point your mouse to a printer name, right click on it, and click Sharing. You can also enable printer sharing by selecting a printer name and pick "Share this printer" task in the Printer Tasks.

The Network Setup Wizard also can help you create a Network Bridge when your network uses mixed media types such as Ethernet, HPNA, wireless (Wi-Fi), and FireWire devices so your mixed networks can work as one network. When you run the Network Setup Wizard, it automatically detects if there are multiple network adapters in your computer and ask you whether you want to create a Network Bridge. It must be noted though, the network adapter that is used for connection to a DSL or cable modem should not be added to the Network Bridge.

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