To setup your computer on the Internet you need to have an Ethernet card properly installed into your PC. (Most newer computers come with a built-in Ethernet port.) You may obtain an Ethernet card from one of the local computer vendors. The vendor will be able to install the card for you or you may be able to do it yourself. After the card is set up properly and the computer is connected with an Ethernet cable to the port in your room, you need to do the following setup to allow your computer to communicate on the network:
- Click on the Start button.
- Go to the Settings menu.
- Go to the Control Panel menu.
- Click on Network and Internet Connections.
- Right mouse click on the Local Area Connection icon and choose properties.
- From there you will need the following components installed on your PC.
- Client for Microsoft Networks.
- Your Ethernet card installed.
- TCP/IP Protocol.
The Network Configuration should look like the following: (the brand of your Ethernet card may vary)
Some of these components may already be installed. You only need to install the ones that are missing, if any, by using the following steps:
- Click Install.
- Select which component you need. - Client is the component for adding Microsoft Networks. - Service is the component for File and Printer Sharing. - The component for QoS (Quality of Service) Packet Scheduler should load automatically. - Protocol is the component for adding TCP/IP.
- Select Microsoft.
- Choose the component that you do not have in your list.
These steps should look like this:
Choose the type of component.
Choose Microsoft on the left side, and then chose the component.
Repeat these steps to add any additional missing components.
It is also required that you have your computer named correctly on the network. Failure to properly name your computer can result in the loss of your connection privileges.