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Networking in Windows98

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The following instructions elaborate on networking two windows 98 systems at home using an ethernet cable.

Equipments needed:

1) 2 NIC's(Network Interface Cards)
2) LAN cable (should not be more than 100 metres)


Preliminary settings:

1) click start -> settings -> control panel -> double click "network"

2) Chose "Identification". You can choose your own "computer name" and "computer description" but the workgroup should be the same as in your other computer. if not change it so as to match that of the other. now restart your computer.


Configuring your PC's:

After installing the NIC in both the pc's follow these steps:

1) click start -> settings -> control panel -> double click "network"

2) you will see a TCP/IP protocol of the adapter.

3) choose it and click "properties"

4) under "IP address" you will have two options.

* click on "specify an IP address"

* give the following no. in ur "IP address": 192.168.0.1

* and under "subnet mask": 255.255.255.0

* Click "ok".

5) now you will see the main window of the network. click on the button "File and print sharing".
Enable "I want to be able to give others access to my files" and click "ok" and restart the system.

6) Follow steps 1 to 5 for the other system (lets call it system 2) but for step 4. The step 4 for system2 should be as follows:

STEP 4 FOR SYSTEM 2

under "IP address" you will have two options.

* click on "specify an IP address"

* give the following no. in ur "IP address": 192.168.0.2 (Note the last number has been changed to 2)

* and under "subnet mask": 255.255.255.0

* Click "ok".

7) That's it.. youhave configured for both the sytems. Restart the system and double click "network neighbourhood". You should see both the systems displayed on the screen below the "entire network" icon.

Cross Check:


You can always cross check by following the instructions given below:

click start -> run -> type in "command"

In dos prompt type "ping 192.168.0.2" if you are working on the system which is configured to "192.168.0.1" or vice versa.

You should receive FOUR responses in no time and the packet loss should be 0%. if so youhave established the connection.

To share limited files and drives:

In my computer right-click "c:" and click the "sharing" button. Now choose "Shared As" and give the access type as youwish.

You can also share limited directories in the same way.

Troubleshoot:

If only one system works properly:

    In case you ping from system2 and system1 gives no response, while there is a response with 0% packet loss when system2 is pinged from system1, then you must configure your antivirus software(norton, mcafee) or other hacker-free software(zone alarm pro) installed in your PC(in our case possibly system1). These softwares would not allow any communication between two systems unless otherwise specified. Therefore open the corresponding program and enter the ip address to permit access by other computers.


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HAPPY LEARNING AND GAMING THROUGH LAN!