Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

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There are some specific requirements for establishing networking at home. There are several alternatives available for this purpose. Nowadays, the technologies that are widely used for establishing a home network are- wireless, Ethernet, Home PNA, and Power line. Apart from these, one must avail some essential hardware equipment before setting up a network at home. These are as follows:

1. Network Adapters 2. Network hubs and switches 3. Routers and access points 4. Network cables 5. Modems

Once the hardware equipment are appropriately organized and connected, the entire network has to be properly tuned failing which, the computers will be unable to locate the other ones and raise difficulties in file and printer sharing. The group must have the same name. Giving the same name RegCure is important, as it will enable all the computers to locate one another even if they are using dissimilar Windows versions. To specify the workgroup name to the network using Windows XP, click on Start Button, right click on My Computer and then click on Properties. Now go to System Properties and click on Computer Name tab. Now, click on Change, put the required name in the Computer name, and click Ok. Naming may differ in different versions. Verify the network location on every computer. This will provide automatic adjustment of the security and the required settings according to the type of network chosen. The network connections can be one of the four types as- Home, Work, Public and Domain. For setting a Home network, adjust the network location type to Home. First, click on the Start button and open Network and Sharing Center. Now click on the Control Panel and in the search box, type network and finally click on the Network and Sharing Center. When the location is set to the Home, the network discovery is set to on mode instantly. The user can now enable other sharing features as file sharing and public folder sharing. This will help the user to locate other computers and equipment included in the Home Network and vice versa. It will also enable the user to share files, folders and public folders. For availing this, click on the Start button and open the Advanced Sharing settings. Now click on the Control Panel and in the search box write network and then click on Network and Sharing Center. Then click on Change advanced sharing settings now expand the entire list and find Home or Work. Turn on the network discovery and file sharing. In the Public folder sharing, one can select either to allow users on other computers to open change and create files or simply allow them to view the files without editing. Now save the settings. This can vary according to the Windows version.