You should make sure you have your network card installed and that it is working properly. You can check this by right clicking on the "My Computer" icon, which will be either on the desktop or accessible via "Windows Explorer" (under "All Programs, Accessories"), and choosing "Properties." From the top tabs select "Hardware" and click on "Device Manager." Find your Ethernet adapter by name under "Network Adapters," right click on it, and select "Properties." Make sure the "Device Status" window reads "This device is working properly."
- Begin network setup by going to the "Start" menu and selecting "Control Panel." Choose "Network and Internet Connections" and then click on "Network Connections."
- Click on "Set up a home or small office network" in the "Network Tasks" bar on the left hand side.
- In the "Select a connection method" menu choose the second option, "This computer connects to the Internet through another computer on my network or through a residential gateway."
- In the next prompt enter the name of your computer and a description if desired (a description is not necessary). Click "Next >".
- For "Workgroup name" enter MUDD unless you know of another workgroup that you want your computer to be a part of.
- Click "Next >" and you should see a verification screen showing the settings you have entered so far. Click "Next >" again to configure your connection.
- On the last screen that talks about running the Network Setup Wizard on each of the computers in your network select "Just finish the wizard; I don't need to run the wizard on other computers" and click "Next >". On the next screen simply click "Finish".
- Now, once again, go to the "Start" menu and select "Control Panel". In the "Control Panel" select "Network and Internet Connections" and then select "Network Connections".
- This time right click on "Local Area Connection" and select "Properties". The screen that comes up should look something like below:
Highlight "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)" and click the "Properties" button below. The window that comes up will look like the screenshot below.
- Click on "Obtain an IP address automatically."
- Click on "Obtain DNS server address automatically."
- Click on "OK" when you are done.
- You should not need to change anything else. At this point you should be able to access the internet and connect to our file server CHARLIE by typing
\\charlie.ac.hmc.eduin "Windows Explorer".
If you are still having problems getting your computer to connect to the network, you can email the CIS Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.