Setting up a
Peer to Peer Network


Hardware You Will Need

1. At least two computers
2. Network adapters for each computer. The cost should be approximately $100-$150.
3. If you have a 10Base-T adapters, and only two computers, you can directly connect one computer to the other. You will need to modify the cable by connecting connect pins: 1--3, 2--6, 3--1, 6--2, pins 4,5,7 and 8 are unused, but are normally connected straight through. A good site with several diagrams of crossover cable can be found at http://www.digitalmx.com/wires/index.html
4. If you have a 10Base-T adapters, and more than two computers, you will need a 10Base-T hub to connect them. The cost will be approximately $100.
5. If you have a Thin Ethernet adapters, you will need terminating resistors for each of the last two computers in the string.
6. Appropriate cables depending on the type of adapters you have.

Adding Your Network Adapter

1. Open up the Control Panel
2. Click on Add New Hardware
3. Click the Next button
4. You can either have Windows95 search for the adapter by selecting YES
or select NO to manually enter the adapter
 
5. Click the Next button
6. If you selected NO, you will need to manually select an adapter.
 
7. Reboot if requested

Adding the Protocol Stack

1. You will need to decide which protocol stack you want to use for your local network.
2. If you are going to be totally isolated and never dial-up to the Internet, you could use NetBEUI or IPX.
3. If you are going to dial to the Internet, you can select TCP/IP and just assign dummy IP addresses for your local Lan. This way you only need to install one protocol stack.

You can also have NetBEUI or IPX as well as TCP/IP installed. NetBEUI or IPX would be used for your local Lan and TCP/IP for the Internet Dial-Up.

4. Open the Control Panel
5. Double-click on the Network icon
6. From your network adapter detection in previous table, you should have Client for Microsoft Networks, Client for Netware, your Adapter, IPX and NetBEUI already installed.
7. If you just want NetBEUI, highlight and remove IPX or vice versa.
8. If you want to add TCP/IP, click on the Add button
9. Click on Protocol
10. Click on Microsoft
11. Click on TCP/IP

Configuring the Network

1. Under Control Panel / Network / Identification make sure each Computer has a unique name.
2. Make sure that the Workgroup name is the same for all computers.
3. Do not have any spaces in either the Computer or Workgroup names. Keep them simple.
4. If you have TCP/IP installed, select different IP address with the same subnet mask. You do not need to fill in WINS, Gateway, or DNS IP addresses.
5. Click on the File and Print Sharing button and check off whether you want share Files or Printers.