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How to Use Windows 95 to Connect Computers on a Network

This article was previously published under Q152562
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This article is a general overview of how to connect two or more computersrunning Windows 95 to form a network.
You can connect two or more computers running Windows 95 using thefollowing methods:
  • Using a network adapter in each computer.

    NOTE: If you connect computers using network adapters and twisted-pair cable, please note that you need a 10Base-T hub to connect the computers. If you connect computers using network adapters and Thinnet (BNC/COAX) cable, you must connect the cable to each network adapter using a T-connector with a terminator at each end of the cable.
  • Using your modem as a dial-up adapter to dial into a Dial-Up Networking Server (a component of Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95) or other remote server.
  • Using Direct Cable Connection (DCC).

    NOTE: A maximum of 2 computers can be connected at a time using DCC.

Connecting with Network Adapters

NOTE: This section assumes that each computer has a network adapterinstalled and that your computers are connected together properly usingnetwork cable. For information about how to configure your networkadapters and physically connect your computers, consult the documentationincluded with your network adapters or contact the manufacturer(s) of yournetwork adapters.

After the physical connections are made, use the Add New Hardware tool inControl Panel to detect your network adapter. Once the network adapter isset up, follow these steps to make sure the correct network components areinstalled:
  1. Use the right mouse button to click Network Neighborhood, and then click Properties on the menu that appears.
  2. On the Configuration tab, make sure that at least the following network components are installed:
        - Client: Client for Microsoft Networks (if you do not have a Novell      NetWare server, you do not need to install the Client for NetWare      networks).    - Adapter: This should be the network adapter detected by the Add New      Hardware Wizard.    - Protocol: Choose at least one of the following:       - NetBEUI                       Best for small networks                                       where routing does not                                       take place       - IPX/SPX-compatible Protocol   Used by Novell NetWare                                       networks; best for small                                       to large networks where                                       routing takes place       - TCP/IP                        The default protocol used by                                       the World Wide Web; best for                                       any size network where routing                                       takes place.    - Service: File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks						
  3. Click File And Print Sharing, click the appropriate check boxes to select them, and then click OK.
  4. On the Identification tab, enter a name for your computer and your workgroup, and then click OK.

    NOTE: The computer name must be unique for each computer on the network and should be no more than 15 characters in length. In small networks, the workgroup name should normally be the same for each computer so that all computers are visible in the same workgroup when browsing. Avoid using spaces and the following characters in computer and workgroup names:
          / \ * , . " @						
  5. Restart your computer when you are prompted to do so.
To share network resources, follow these steps:
  1. Double-click My Computer.
  2. Use the right mouse button to click the drive, folder, or printer you want to share with members of your network, and then click Sharing on the menu that appears.
  3. On the Sharing tab, click Shared As, and then type a name for the share in the Share Name box.
  4. Click the access type you want for this shared resource. For a description of an access type, use the right mouse button to click the access type, and then click What's This? on the menu that appears.
  5. Type a password for the shared resource.

    NOTE: You do not have to assign a password to a shared resource. A password simply gives you additional security.
  6. Click OK.
To connect to a shared resource, use one of the following methods:
  • Double-click Network Neighborhood, double-click a listed computer to see the resources shared by that computer, and then double-click a shared resource to view its contents.
  • Use the right mouse button to click Network Neighborhood or My Computer, click Map Network Drive on the menu that appears, and then enter the following line in the Path dialog box:
    where <ComputerName> is the name of the computer you are connecting to, and <ShareName> is the name of the shared resource.
  • Click Start, click Run, and then enter the following line in the Open box:
    where <ComputerName> is the name of the computer you are connecting to, and <ShareName> is the name of the shared resource.
  • Click Start, point to Find, click Computer, and then type the name of the computer that you want to locate. When the computer is found, double-click the computer name to show the resources shared by that computer.

Connecting with Dial-Up Adapters

Dial-Up Networking lets you use your modem to connect to a network througha remote server.

For information about connecting to a remote server using Dial-UpNetworking, please see the following article in the Microsoft KnowledgeBase:
145843 How to Connect to a Remote Server

Connecting with Direct Cable Connection

You can use Direct Cable Connection to establish a direct serial orparallel cable connection between two computers. For information aboutusing Direct Cable Connection, see the "Direct Cable Connection, setting upa direct cable connection" online Help topic in Windows 95.

Resource Materials

The Microsoft Windows 95 Resource Kit contains additional detailedinformation about many networking topics. For information about the Windows95 Resource Kit and other helpful resources, please see the followingarticle in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
141193: Training and Source Materials for Windows 95
peer to direct cable connection dcc tcp/ip

Article ID: 152562 - Last Review: 11/15/2006 17:21:44 - Revision: 1.1

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