Step by Step Guide
- Choose a central location for the switch and the Broadband router
- The cables from each outlet will reach the switch so locating the switch along with the router at the center of the network is the best option to save the cable lengths. Place the router and the switch close to each other.
- Measure the distance of each computer from the switch.
- Prepare cables to connect the computers with the switch.
- Cut the required length of the cable.
- Strip it up to 2 inches with the stripper from one end
- Arrange the cables in the Straight-Through manner.
- Cut the cables in such a way that the stripped length is less than ½ inch.
- Hold the RJ-45 connector in an upside-down manner (i.e. the little pin is downward)
- Insert the wires into the connector so that the color combination is not disturbed.
- Punch the connector with the crimping tool
- Repeat the steps ‘1’ through ‘7’ for the second end of the cable
- Your cable is ready.
- Repeat the steps ‘1’ through ‘10’ for each computer.
- Now your cables are ready
- Insert one end of each cable in the ports of the switch.
- Insert the free end of one cable into the router.
- Insert the free ends of the remaining cables into the LAN ports of the computers
- Arrange the cables in such a way that they are not creating hurdle for people.
- Now bring the router into the working condition ( as directed by the vendor or the broadband service provider)
- Power on the switch
- Turn on the computers one by one.
- Configure your network
- Go to desktop of 1st computer
- Right click on ‘My Computer’ icon.
- Click on Properties
- A new window is opened
- Click on ‘Computer Name’ Tab
- Click on ‘Change…’ button.
- A new window is opened.
- Give the Computer Name e.g. Ahmad’s Computer. The computer name should be unique for each computer.
- Now choose the ‘Workgroup:’ radio button and enter the name of your network e.g. Office Network.
- Repeat the steps ‘b’ through ‘I’ for each computer.
- Restart each computer and your network is ready to work.
Note: If your network is not yet working then the DHCP service may not be activated on your router or the router may not support it. If your router does not support DHCP, you may need to allot the IP addresses to the computers. (I may post an article on IP addressing in future so don’t forget to subscribe via e-mail or feed)
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