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Windows XP Network Setup Guide

Contents I. Introduction A. About Network Adapter B. About Network Protocol Installation Procedure A. Install Network Adapter B. Bootup and Logon Windows XP C. Start Network Setup via New Connection Wizard D. Add Network Adapter via Add Hardware Wizard (if any) E. Configure Computer Name Limitation on Browsing the Network Neighborhood

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Introduction This document describes an example of the network settings for connecting Windows XP to the HKUST campus network. A. About Network Adapter To connect your computer to the network, you need to have a network adapter. You are free to choose your own network card model. However, please note that network card should provide an UTP network connection jack. Besides, you need to have the following software on hand for installation: Windows XP media (i.e. Windows XP CD-ROM) Network Adapter Driver Diskette(s)

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About Network Protocol The standard network protocol used in campus is TCP/IP. In order for a machine to communicate with others on the campus network, an IP address together with some other parameters are required. These parameters can be acquired via our DHCP server once the ethernet address of the network adapter is registered into our database. Students or Staff should register the ethernet address of the network adapter via the ResNet web page. To obtain the ethernet address of the adapter, you may run the command IPCONFIG /ALL under a MS-DOS Prompt or you may visit our web page for instructions on how to determine the ethernet address. Following section describes the procedure to install network protocol into Windows XP system. After successful installation, your machine will be ready to run TCP/IP applications. You may then visit our Download Area web page for downloading some useful applications.

Installation Procedure Please note that following the mentioned installation steps below will modify your Windows XP network settings. If you are performing a fresh installation of Windows XP, just install it as a standalone workstation without network connection (do not install any network related feature). Follow the steps below to add in network support. A. Install Network Adapter Make sure the network adapter is fully and securely inserted into the computer's ISA/PCI slot, and the network connection cable is properly connected. B. Bootup and Logon Windows XP Power on the computer and bootup Windows XP. Logon with an account name with administrative rights. 2

C. Start Network Setup via New Connection Wizard 1. Enter into the Network control window. Click Start --> Control Panel --> Network Connection. 2. You will see the New Connection Wizard screen and follow the instructions for installation. D. Add Network Adapter via Add Hardware Wizard (if any) 1. Enter into the Add Hardware control window. Click Start --> Control Panel --> Add Hardware. 2. You will see the Add Hardware Wizard screen and follow the instructions for installation. In order to communicate via the TCP/IP protocol, its parameters must be properly set up. To simplify the setup procedure, ITSC has set up the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server which can automatically supply these parameters when your machine boots up. E. Configure Computer Name 1. On the final setup screen, put in the node name (e.g. DMC123) as your Computer Name. The node name should be obtained when you registered the network adapter during network connection application. 2. Enter into the System control window. Click Start --> Control Panel --> System. 3. Select page of Computer Name and then click Change button. 4. Enter the Node name as your Computer Name and then click OK. The modified network settings will take effect after system restarts. You should then be able to install and run Internet applications such as Netscape, Telnet, FTP, etc. In case you encounter any problem, you may verify if the network settings are correct by running the command IPCONFIG /ALL. If network setup is successful, the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS Server settings of your Windows XP will be listed.

Limitation on Browsing the Network Neighborhood Even when the network settings with Windows XP is properly set up, Windows XP may intermittently fail to browse the Entire Network or individual Workgroup with the Network Neighborhood. This is because the browsing feature depends on a number of components such as: Different kinds of protocol stack, The specific Workgroup setting with your Windows XP, and Some external resources, etc. (Microsoft is going to replace the Network Neighborhood with a more powerful browsing tool named as My Network Places in the next release of Windows XP.) To access other network resources, you can always use the Map Network Drive command with the steps below: 8. 9. Right-click My Computer and select Map Network Drive.... Under the Path:, type the path of the resource in the following format: \\computername\sharename e.g. \\DMX041\TEST 10. Check the box to Reconnect at logon if necessary. 11. Then click OK. Source: http://www.ust.hk/itsc/ResNet/setup_wXP.html

Adapted by Nurul Hammamy SMK Informatika Wonosobo , August 2011 email : hammamy.wsb@gmail.com