Chapter 15

Connecting Computers with a Network

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding a network’s parts

arrow Choosing between wired and wireless networks

arrow Setting up a small network

arrow Connecting wirelessly

arrow Creating a Homegroup to share files

arrow Sharing an Internet connection, files, and printers on a network

Buying yet another PC can bring yet another computing problem: How can two or more PCs share the same Internet connection and printer? And how do you share your files between your two PCs?

The solution involves a network. When you connect two or more computers, Windows introduces them to each other, automatically letting them swap information, share an Internet connection, and print through the same printer.

Today, most computers can connect without anybody tripping over cables. Known as Wi-Fi or wireless, this option lets your computers chatter through the airwaves like radio stations that broadcast ...

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