Networking For Everyone - Part 3

Getting your hands dirty
You'll need an extra PCI slot on your motherboard to insert the NIC (Network Interface Card). It's is best you use the shared ISA/PCI slot where bus-mastering is not supported, so you can save the other slots for more bus-intensive cards.

Remember to check your bootup screen to see if the new NIC has been detected properly. Once you boot into windows, the OS will detect the new NIC and prompt you for drivers. Use the driver disk provided.

Click no for this dialog box. After you reboot, you might get an error message tell you that the NIC is not working. Don't worry. This is because you have not connected any cables to the NIC.

Take the UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) cables from the package. The two ends of the cable has a telephone-like (RJ-45) connector but it's bigger, plug one end to your NIC and the other to your hub. You'll also need to connect the hub to Keyboard power-supply cable provided.

Once the NIC is connect properly, the leds on the hub will light up indicating a link. Now you can connect others computers in the same way.

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