Setting up a Peer to Peer Network

Hardware You Will Need

1.  At least two computers.
2.  Network adapters for each computer.
3.  If you have 10Base-T adapters, and only two computers, you can directly connect one  computer to the other with a crossover cable.
4. If you have 10Base-T adapters and more than two computers you will need a  10Base-T hub to connect them.

Adding Your Network Adapter

1.  With the computer off, install the NIC card in an open bay (Slot 1 is recommended)
2.  Start the Computer
3. Open up the Control Panel
4. Click on Add New Hardware
5. Click the Next button
6. You can either have Windows95 search for the adapter by selecting YES or select NO to manually enter the adapter
7. Click the Next button
8. If you selected NO, you will need to manually select an adapter.
9. If you have a driver diskette for your network adapter, use it to install the appropriate driver for your NIC card
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.

Sharing Local Resources

Sharing Resources will allow you connect to another to computer to transfer files or use its printer.

Enable your computer to share files and/or printers

1. Open up the Network Icon in the Control Panel
2. You should see File and Print Sharing below the protocol
3. If not, click on the File and Print Sharing button.
4.Click on the options you want to enable then on the OK button
5. Click on the options you want to enable then on the OK button

Sharing a Local Resource

1. Open up the Explorer
2. Right click on the directory you want to share and select Sharing
3. Type in the Share name
4. Select whether Read, Full or Depends on Password
5. Type in and agreed upon password.
6. Similar steps can be taken to share a printer.

To Connect to another Computer's Shared Resource

Click on network neighborhood to access a shared resource on another computer on the network.

To Connect to a printer configured and attached to another computer on the network, the printer must be configured as a shared device on the computer that it is attached to.

1.  Click on start-settings-printers and then click on ‘add printer’.
2.  Click on ‘next’
3.  Click on ‘network printer’ and then ‘next’
4.  Browse the network to find the computer that hosts the printer you would like to connect to
5.  Choose the printer that appears as attached to the computer
6.  Click on ‘next’ and then ‘finish’
7.  The computer the printer is attached to MUST be booted and active on the network for the printer to be shared.