How to set up a home Ethernet network

A home Ethernet network, often referred to as a local area network (LAN), is an array of computers in which multiple computers connect to each other using Ethernet cables. These computers can share information and potentially an Internet connection. Since many homes today have several computers, and one of their main functions is access to the Internet, home networks have become extremely common.

A home Ethernet network, often referred to as a local area network (LAN), is an array of computers in which multiple computers connect to each other using Ethernet cables. These computers can share information and potentially an Internet connection. Since many homes today have several computers, and one of their main functions is access to the Internet, home networks have become extremely common.

Step 1

Turn off all the computers you want to connect to your home network.

Step 2

Place your device to share the Internet in a location that all computers can access using the cables you have. Having long Ethernet cables can be useful if your computers are far away. If you are only sharing a connection between two computers, you can simply connect them directly through their Ethernet ports using a special “cross over” Ethernet cable.

Step 3

Connect all computers to the Ethernet hub.

Step 4

Connect the hub and turn on the computers.

Step 5

Activate your Internet connection, if this is the case. You do not need to be connected to the Internet to configure a LAN if you simply want to share data between computers.

Step 6

Use the network installation wizard to configure computers and use the LAN. Go to the “Start” menu, then “Control Panel”, “Network connections” and finally click on “Set up a home network or a small office network”. Run the installation wizard on each computer responding appropriately to the questions you ask. Once the wizard has finished on all computers it restarts all the computers in the network.