wikiHow to Connect a PC to a Network

Three Parts:Setting Up Your RouterSetting Up Your Network With An Ethernet CableSetting Up Your Wireless Network

Connecting to a network is a convenient way of sharing data between computers. The steps to add a computer to your network will depend on the operating system your device is running. Either way the process is a simple one. You’ll need a network router (preferably wireless) and two computers.

Part 1
Setting Up Your Router

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    Plug the router into a power source. Turn it on.
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    Connect the main Internet line to the router. The router ports should have names corresponding to what should go where. If your connection is a DSL connection, plug the main line into the ADSL port.

Part 2
Setting Up Your Network With An Ethernet Cable

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    Plug an Ethernet cable into your computer. The Ethernet port should be located on the rear of your desktop or laptop. If you’re using a laptop with wireless Internet capability, simply connect the laptop to the wireless network of the router, provided that the router is also wireless-capable. The default password of the router should be written somewhere on the bottom of the router, if your router is new.
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    Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the router. The other end should be plugged into a LAN port in the router.
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    Check for network connection. To do this, head to the "Start" menu and type “Network” on the search bar.
    • In the search results, click on "Network." You should see both the PCs in the network in the "Computer" sub-menu.
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Part 3
Setting Up Your Wireless Network

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    Locate the Network (Internet Access) Icon. You'll be able to find this in the bottom right hand corner of the screen next to the date and time. Hover your cursor over the icon to confirm the name.
    • You can also access network settings by going through Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing > Connect to a Network.
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    Find your wireless network. Click connect.
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    Enter security key. This is only necessary if the security settings require a password. Click Ok.
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    Double check connection. Go back to the bottom menu bar and check to see the Network icon in the right hand corner. If your PC is connected to your network a line of bars will appear.

Tips

  • Sharing drives, files, or folders can be done by right-clicking the file, folder, or drive; and then go into Properties > Sharing > Advanced Sharing and tick the “Share this folder” box. To set parameters for sharing, click on Permissions and tick the boxes of your desired sharing configuration.


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