Build a computer network

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Build a computer network
Build a computer network
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This wikiHow teaches you to set up a computer network for a group of Windows or Mac computers. You can set up a wireless network for a few computers, or a wired network if you add a large number of computers to a network.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Set up a wireless network in Windows

Set up a Computer Network Step 1

Step 1. Click on the Wi-Fi symbol

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It's in the bottom right corner of the screen. A pop-up window will appear.

  • If Wi-Fi is currently disabled, click the wifibutton at the bottom left of the pop-up window before continuing.
  • In some cases you have to click the button at the bottom right of the screen ^ click to see the wifi icon.
Set up a Computer Network Step 2

Step 2. Select a network

Click on the network to which you want to connect each of your network computers.

Set up a Computer Network Step 3

Step #3. Click Connect

It's in the bottom right of the network box.

Set up a Computer Network Step 4

Step 4. Enter the network password

Enter the network password when prompted.

Set up a Computer Network Step 5

Step 5. Click Next

This is under the network. As long as the password is correct, it will connect you to the network.

Set up a Computer Network Step 6

Step 6. Connect other computers on the network to the Internet

For each computer you want to include in your network, repeat the Wi-Fi connection process. Once each computer is connected to the Wi-Fi network, you can proceed to set up file sharing.

Set up a Computer Network Step 7

Step 7. Open Start

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Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

Set up a Computer Network Step 8

Step 8. Type control panel

The Control Panel will open.

Set up a Computer Network Step 9

Step 9. Click on Control Panel

It's a blue rectangle icon at the top of the Start menu.

Set up a Computer Network Step 10

Step 10. Click Network and Sharing Center

This option resembles a set of blue monitors.

If you see "Category" at the top right of the page, first click the "Network and Internet" heading in the main Control Panel window

Set up a Computer Network Step 11

Step 11. Click Change advanced sharing settings

This is a link in the top left corner of the page.

Set up a Computer Network Step 12

Step 12. Check the 'Enable network discovery' box

This ensures that your computer can communicate with other computers connected to the Internet resource.

You can also enable the 'Turn on file and printer sharing' and 'Let Windows manage homegroup connections' options, if they are not selected automatically

Set up a Computer Network Step 13

Step 13. Click Save Changes

It's at the bottom of the page.

Set up a Computer Network Step 14

Step 14. Enable network discovery on the other network computers

Once each computer in the network group is enabled in Control Panel, your wired network is ready to go.

Method 2 of 4: Set up a wireless network on a Mac

Set up a Computer Network Step 15

Step 1. Click on the Wi-Fi symbol

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It's at the top right of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

  • If your Wi-Fi is not turned on, click

    Macwifioff

    and then on Turn on Wi-Fi at the top of the menu.

Set up a Computer Network Step 16

Step 2. Select a network

Click the Wi-Fi network you want to connect each computer on your network to.

Set up a Computer Network Step 17

Step 3. Enter the network password

Enter the password for the network in the 'Password' field.

Set up a Computer Network Step 18

Step 4. Click Connect

This is at the bottom of the window. This allows your computer to connect to the internet.

Set up a Computer Network Step 19

Step 5. Connect other network computers to the Internet

For each computer you want to use on your network, repeat the Wi-Fi connection process. Once each computer is connected to the Wi-Fi network, you can proceed with setting up file sharing.

Set up a Computer Network Step 20

Step 6. Open the Apple menu

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Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

Set up a Computer Network Step 21

Step 7. Click on System Preferences…

It's at the top of the drop-down menu.

Set up a Computer Network Step 22

Step 8. Click Share

You'll find this blue, folder-shaped icon in the center of the System Preferences window.

Set up a Computer Network Step 23

Step 9. Check the 'File Sharing' box

This is on the left side of the page. This ensures that you can share files from your computer with other computers on the network.

You can also check all the other file sharing options you want to use for your network here

Set up a Computer Network Step 24

Step 10. Close the System Preferences window

Your changes are saved. The current computer is now set up for network sharing.

Set up a Computer Network Step 25

Step 11. Enable file sharing on the other network computers as well

Any computer connected to your internet source must be turned on in order to share files. Once you have completed this process, your wireless network is ready to use.

Method 3 of 4: Set up a wired network in Windows

Choose a Wireless Router Step 3

Step 1. Make sure you have the necessary hardware

You will need an Internet source (eg a modem) to which you can connect each computer individually, as well as Ethernet cables to connect the computers to the Internet source.

  • Most modems only have a few Ethernet ports, but you can buy network hubs that support more than 10 connections.
  • Know the approximate distance of each computer from the Internet source. you need ethernet cables that can bridge this distance.
Connect Two Routers Step 5

Step 2. Set up the internet source

Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the "Internet" port on the back of the modem, then plug the other end of the cable into the "Internet" or "Ethernet" port on your Internet source.

You must also connect the power cable from the Internet source before continuing

Create a Local Area Network (LAN) Step 10

Step 3. Connect each computer to the Internet source

Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the square Ethernet port on your computer, then plug the other end of the cable into the Internet source.

Typically, you'll be using desktop computers within a wired network, meaning the Ethernet ports are on the back of each computer case

Set up a Computer Network Step 29

Step 4. Open Start

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Click the Windows logo in the lower left corner of the screen.

Set up a Computer Network Step 30

Step 5. Type control panel

This will search your computer for the Control Panel.

Set up a Computer Network Step 31

Step 6. Click on Control Panel

It's a blue rectangle at the top of the Start menu.

Set up a Computer Network Step 32

Step 7. Click Network and Sharing Center

This option resembles two blue displays.

  • If you see 'Category' at the top right of the page, click on the heading Network and Internet in the main Control Panel window.
Set up a Computer Network Step 33

Step 8. Click Change advanced sharing settings

This is a link in the top left corner of the page.

Set up a Computer Network Step 34

Step 9. Check the 'Enable network discovery' box

This ensures that your computer can communicate with other computers connected to the Internet resource.

You can also enable the 'Turn on file and printer sharing' and 'Let Windows manage homegroup connections' option if they are not selected automatically

Set up a Computer Network Step 35

Step 10. Click on Save Changes

This button is at the bottom of the page.

Set up a Computer Network Step 36

Step 11. Enable network discovery on the other network computers

Once each computer in the network group is enabled in Control Panel, your wired network is ready to go.

Method 4 of 4: Set up a wired network on a Mac

Create a Local Area Network (LAN) Step 6

Step 1. Make sure you have the required hardware

You will need an Internet source (eg a modem) to which you can connect each computer individually, as well as Ethernet cables to connect the computers to the Internet source.

  • Most modems only have a few Ethernet ports, but you can buy network hubs that support more than 10 connections.
  • Make sure you know the approximate distance of each computer from the Internet source. you need ethernet cables that can bridge this distance.
Create a Local Area Network (LAN) Step 8

Step 2. Set up the internet source

Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the "Internet" port on the back of the modem, then plug the other end of the cable into the "Internet" or "Ethernet" port on your Internet source.

You should also connect the power cable from the internet source before proceeding

Create a Local Area Network (LAN) Step 15

Step 3. Connect each computer to the Internet source

Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the square Ethernet port on your computer, then plug the other end of the cable into the Internet source.

  • Usually you use iMac computers for a wired network. This means that the Ethernet port is on the back of the iMac's monitor.
  • If you use Mac laptops for this network, you'll need to purchase a USB-C network adapter for your computer and then plug it into one of the USB-C slots on the side of your Mac, as Mac laptops no longer have Ethernet ports.
Set up a Computer Network Step 40

Step 4. Open Apple menu

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Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.

Set up a Computer Network Step 41

Step 5. Click on System Preferences…

It's at the top of the drop-down menu.

Set up a Computer Network Step 42

Step 6. Click Share

You'll find this blue, folder-shaped icon in the center of the System Preferences window.

Set up a Computer Network Step 43

Step 7. Check the 'File Sharing' box

It's on the left side of the page. This ensures that you can share files from your computer with other computers on the network.

You can also check any other file sharing options you want for your network here

Set up a Computer Network Step 44

Step 8. Close the System Preferences window

Your changes are saved; the current computer is now set to network sharing.

Set up a Computer Network Step 45

Step 9. Enable file sharing on the other network computers

File sharing must be enabled on every computer connected to your internet resource. Once you've done this, your wired network is ready to go.

Tips

  • When purchasing Ethernet cables for a wired network, you must ensure that these cables are shielded. Shielded cables have a protective layer on the inside of the jacket around the cable, making the cable itself less likely to be damaged.
  • After you enable file sharing on your computer, you can create a shared folder that acts as a shared repository for files.
  • To use more advanced features of your network, learn more about computer networking.

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