Appendix d preparing your pcs for network access, Preparing your computers for tcp/ip networking, Install or verify windows networking components – NETGEAR ME103 User Manual

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Preparing Your PCs for Network Access


August 2003

Appendix D

Preparing Your PCs for Network Access

This appendix describes how to prepare your PCs to connect to the Internet through the ME103
802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point.

For adding file and print sharing to your network, please consult the Windows help information
included with the version of Windows installed on each computer on your network.

Preparing Your Computers for TCP/IP Networking

Computers access the Internet using a protocol called TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/
Internet Protocol). Each computer on your network must have TCP/IP installed and selected as its
networking protocol. If a Network Interface Card (NIC) is already installed in your PC, then TCP/
IP is probably already installed as well.

Most operating systems include the software components you need for networking with TCP/IP.
Windows 95 or later includes the software components for establishing a TCP/IP network.

In your TCP/IP network, each PC and the wireless access point must be assigned a unique IP
addresses. Each PC must also have certain other TCP/IP configuration information such as a
subnet mask (netmask), a domain name server (DNS) address, and a default gateway address. In
most cases, you should install TCP/IP so that the PC obtains its specific network configuration
information automatically from a DHCP server during startup.

Configuring Windows 98 and Me for TCP/IP Networking

As part of the PC preparation process, you may need to install and configure

TCP/IP on your PC. Before starting, locate your Windows CD; you may need to insert it during the
TCP/IP installation process.

Install or Verify Windows Networking Components

To install or verify the necessary components for IP networking: