After setting up the network, you need to confirm that the two computers are “seeing” each other or, better put, are able to communicate with each other.
One important thing i failed to mention in my first post is that both PCs must have the user account passworded. Do that if you have not.
Remember that you have assigned static IP address 192.168.10.11 to PC1 and 192.168.10.12 to PC2.
At this point, i will advise you disable temporarily your Internet security software because they contain firewalls that may prevent the 2 computers from communicating with each other. I will advise that you even uninstall it totally and install an antivirus instead. Those using Norton Internet security, especially, should please note this.
FOR PC1 and PC2
- Launch the command terminal
If “run” is not displayed in your “start menu”, follow this sequence to unveil it;
- To confirm PC2 can communicate with PC1
Note the summary message on line 8
“Packets : Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% Loss)”
If you have “Loss” greater than 0 or more than 0% loss, you may repeat the command about 2 more times. If nothing changes, switch yourself to troubleshooting mode and check through all you have done. Do not forget to check your cables and disable or uninstall your internet security software!
- To confirm PC1 can communicate with PC2;
Also note the summary message on line 8, it must be “Packets : Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% Loss)”
Sharing Files Between The Two Computers
You will need to create folders on each PC that you will allow the contents to be shared. Other PCs would not have unrestricted access to your files except you allow them to.
To access shared files or folder on another PC on the network;
To install your printer to the network;
On the other PC
Sharing Internet Access
In this instance, we would be using the regular Starcomms EVDO USB modem. I must warn that the browsing experience may not be nice if you are not in a location with good EVDO (broadband) speed. The same process should be applicable to GSM modems too, i have not tried it.
Insert the Starcomms USB on the Host PC. The installation process should be automatic.
Connect the PC to the internet.
Click “Start”-”Control Panel”-”Network and Internet”-”Network and Sharing Center”
You will notice at least 2 active connections, one is your Peer to Peer wired network most likely labelled “Local Area Network” and the internet connection. My Starcomms internet connection is labelled “ZTE Wireless Connection”
You should have a screen similar to this;
Click on “ZTE Wireless Terminal” on the right pane. The following window will pop-up;
Click on “Properties” to bring up the next screen
Select the “sharing” tab and select the check boxes as shown in the picture above. Also select “Local Area Connection” from the drop down menu. The screens below would be shown during this process.
The last image indicates that the IP address of your PC would be changed to the same network as Starcomms Internet, in my case it is 192.168.137.1, this is essential for the PC to access the internet.
Since we are using static IP and not DHCP (automatic allocation of IP addresses), we would need to put the second PC on this same network. We would change the IP address to, say, 192.168.137.2 . The procedure for doing this is explained in the first part of this write-up. While at it, you should also change the gateway address and the DNS server as shown in the image below. It is very important!
Phew! Really need to catch my breadth. This write-up ends here. The final part of this series would be on wired Peer to Peer networking with more than 2 systems in a network.
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