Configuring Windows Software

After the NIC drivers are installed the Windows networking software must be configured for the network to function as expected. This configuration differs for simple two- or three-PC host home-office LANs and for small-office LANs using servers. Some configuration selections are the same for both simple home-office LANs and larger small-office LANs. For example, both would use the ubiquitous TCP/IP protocol, but the configuration for a simple peer-to-peer LAN would use fixed IP addresses while the larger small-office LAN with servers would use DHCP to assign IP addresses automatically to each PC host. As we look at configuring Windows XP network software we contrast the differences between the peer-to-peer software ...

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