|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
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.