If you need help setting up your “Wired” Home network on one to four PC’s please follow the steps below. Any Combination of Desktop or Laptop PC’s may be used in this setup, as long as they are connecting with Cat5.
Before completing steps one through twelve of the Physical setup instructions contact your Internet Service Provider and find out what Type of IP Configuration they recommend using (Example: DHCP, Static, PPOE) and then proceed to the steps below, if they recommend DHCP.
1. Turn Desktop A on and wait for it to completely Boot.
2. Hold down the “Windows” key on the keyboard, and then press the “R” key on the keyboard. This opens the RUN Command.
3. Type in: devmgmt.msc :and press the OK button. This opens the Device Manager.
4. Scroll down to NETWORK ADAPTERS and expand the category by clicking on the “+” sign next to it.
5. Verify that there are no Yellow !’s on the devices. If there are, please stop following this guide and submit a post in the forum requesting “Help Loading Network Card Drivers”.
6. Verify that there are no RED X’s on the devices. If there are, then Right Click on the device and select ENABLE. After Enabling the device go back and check step 5.
7. If there are no RED X’s or Yellow !’s on the devices then close out the Device manager by clicking on FILE in the Upper left, then select EXIT.
8. Hold down the “Windows” key on the keyboard, and then press the “R” key on the keyboard. This opens the RUN Command
9. Type in: ncpa.cpl :and press the OK button. This opens the Network Connections Window.
10. Locate your Connection Type (Ethernet) and right click on to select PROPERTIES.
11. Click on the GENERAL tab
12. Under “This connection uses the following items:” make sure that the following components have a check in the box next to them:
Client for Microsoft Networks
QOS Packet Scheduler
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
13. Left click on “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” one time and then click on the
14. This opens the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window.
15. Click on the GENERAL tab and verify that the bubbles for “Obtain an IP Address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically” are selected.
16. Click on the ALTERNATE CONFIGURATION tab and verify that the bubbles for “Automatic Private IP address” are selected.
17. Click the OK button. Taking you back to the “Local Area Connection Properties” screen.
18. Click the CLOSE button. Taking you back to the “Network Connections” window.
19. Right click on the same device again and select STATUS. Opens the “Local Area Connection Status” window.
20. Click on the SUPPORT tab
21. Click the REPAIR button, opening the ”Repair Local Area Connection” window
22. Click the “OK” or “CLOSE” button when it is done. Don’t worry if it says it can’t repair the Device. Taking you back to the “Local Area Connection Status” window
23. Verify that your “Address Type” is Assigned by DHCP. If it is not, then please submit a post in the forum asking for “Help enabling DHCP”.
24. Verify that your “IP Address” does not start with the prefix’s: 169 or, 172. If it does, then please submit a post in the forum asking for “Network Card has no connectivity”.
25. Click the GENERAL tab and under “Activity” verify that Packets Sent and received are both a “1” or Higher.
26. Click the CLOSE button. Taking you back to the “Network Connections” window.
27. Click on FILE in the upper Left and select CLOSE.
28. Hold down the “Windows” key on the keyboard, and then press the “R” key on the keyboard. This opens the RUN Command.
29. Type in: inetcpl.cpl :and press the OK button. This opens the Internet Options window.
30. Click on the SECURITY tab.
31. Under “Select a web zone to specify its security settings” change the “Internet, Local Internet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted sites” to default by selecting each Icon, then pressing the DEFAULT LEVEL button. If the Default button is grayed out, then it has already been applied and you need not worry about it.
32. Click on the PRIVACY button and under “Pop-Up Blocker” verify that the “Block Pop-Ups” box has a check in it.
33. Click on the CONTENT button and under “Content Advisor” verify that the ENABLE button says enable and not Disable.
34. Click on the CONNECTIONS button and under “Dial-up and Virtual Private Network Settings” verify that nothing is listed.
35. Click on the ADVANCED tab and click the RESTORE DEFAULTS button, then the APPLY button and lastly the OK button.
36. Locate your Internet explorer Icon and double left click to launch. You now should be able to access the Internet.