Peer to Peer Networking
This page is a simple guide to peer to peer networking, written
with beginners in mind. I will explain how to network two computers together.
Most information on this page is based on the network that I hooked up
in my house.
Configure both computers as described below:
- If you have not already installed a network card, then shut off the
computer and install the card in an available slot.
- Turn on the computer and open the Control Panel. Then go to "Add New Hardware" in
the control panel. Windows should find the card and install the drivers
that you need.
- Open the Network dialog box from the Control Panel. It might look something
- Your network configuration box should now look something like the one
at the right.
- Set your computer and workgroup name by clicking the Identification
- Choose the type of access control that you want to use by clicking
the Access Control tab.
- You now have to make resources available to those who will be connecting
to your computer. To do this, Double-click the My Computer icon on your
desktop, or use Explorer to find the resource that you would like to share
(for example, drive C:). Right click the resource and select "Sharing..."
Choose "Shared as:", then choose other options according to what
your needs are.
- Use a crossover cable to connect your computer to another computer
that is configured in the same way.
- Click the Add button. Then select "protocol" and hit add.
Choose Microsoft for the Manufacturer and pick NetBEUI for the protocol,
and hit OK.
- NetBEUI should come up in the component window of the Network box.
Remove NetBEUI for any adapter besides your network adapter, unless it
was there before. (you most likely won't want NetBEUI installed for your
- Hit the Add button again. Select "Client" and hit add. Choose
Microsoft for the manufacturer and select "Client for Microsoft Networks."
- If you want others to be able to access files from your computer, Then
repeat step 5, but select "Service" instead of client, select
Microsoft, and select "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks."
- To test the network, restart both computers. Then double-click the
"Network Neighborhood" icon on your desktop. By browsing through
network neighborhood, you should be able to find the other computer and
its shared resources.
- If you are going to be using a resource regularly, you should map it
to a drive letter. For example, you can associate another computer's hard
drive with a certain drive letter on your computer, if that letter isn't
currently being used. By doing this, the other computer's hard drive will
be just like another drive on your computer.
- To map drives, open Windows Explorer. Go to the "Tools" menu
and select "Map Network Drive..." Select the letter that you
want to use and type in the path. The path needs to be in the following
format: \\computername\sharename (where computername is the other computer
and sharename is the name that the other computer assigned to that resource)
To find out what the computer name and share name is, browse in "Network
Neighborhood" until you find what you need.
That should be all you need to start a network between two computers.
If I have left anything out, did not describe something very clearly, or
if you have any questions, feel free to send me email at: firstname.lastname@example.org