How Do You Network Computers?


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To network computers, plug one end of a crossover cable into one computer and the other end into another computer, open Network and Sharing Center, click the Unidentified network option, then double-click the computer icon that bears the name of the second computer. This process takes less than five minutes.

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  1. Connect the two computers with the crossover cable

    Plug one end of the crossover cable into one computer, and then plug the other end into the second computer. When connected, the LED lights on the network cards at the back of the computer should flash green.

  2. Open the Network and Sharing Center

    To open the Network and Sharing Center, go to Start on the Windows toolbar, type “network” in the search box without the quotation marks, then click on Network and Sharing Center in the search results. Double-click the Unidentified network option under View your basic network information and set up connections. If the computer uses more than one network, click the Multiple networks option.

  3. Complete the networking process

    To complete the networking process, double-click on the icon that bears the name of the second computer on the network. This allows the two computers to share files and resources within the same network.

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