5. I have just installed a network card
in each of my computers and a cable between them but when
I double click on network neighbourhood each computer still
shows only itself and not the other computer. What should
I do to make them connect?
If you have a thin ethernet network without
a hub the first thing to check is that the wires into the
back of each computer go in through a T-piece and there is
a network terminator at each end of the network.
If you have a Cat5 network through a hub check that each computer
lights up the relevant light on the hub to confirm the connection.
Once the connection is confirmed then the
next thing to confirm is that both computers have the relevant
protocols loaded in order to communicate. For
small networks loading NetBEUI is ideal.
Once protocols are loaded then the next thing
is to confirm that both computers are on the same workgroup.
To access this go to the control panel and double click on
the network icon and then click the Identification tab. Confirm
that computer names are different for both computers as well
as the workgroup being the same.
Next you need to ensure that file and printer
sharing are enabled. On the Configuration Tab click the File
and Printer sharing button and check the boxes in the dialog
box that pops up and click OK.
Finally move to the access control tab and
ensure that the computers are using " share level access
Click OK to save the changes and you may
find windows needs to be re-started. Once windows has re-started
then double clicking on Network Neighbourhood should show
all computers connected but please bear in mind that the network
can take a few minutes to appear after computers have started.
This is quite normal and nothing to worry about.
now you can share
files and share printers