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In Computer Literacy for Windows, author Garrick Chow walks through the skills necessary to use computers comfortably, while improving learning, productivity, and performance. This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows operating system and offers a thorough introduction to computers, networks, and computer peripherals such as printers, digital cameras, and more. In addition, basic procedures with software applications, the Internet, and email are covered.
In this video we are going to look at how to connect your PC to your network via a wired Ethernet connection. Now this assumes that your network has already been setup in your home, office, or classroom. If you are connecting to your home network, you are most likely you are going to run an Ethernet cable from your computer directly into your router. If you are connecting in an office or classroom environment, chances are you will be running an Ethernet cable from your computer into an Ethernet port in the wall or some other fixture, which in turn connects to your network. In any case, the important thing is that you have to have a cable running from whatever the source of your network connection is into the Ethernet port on your PC.
Pretty much all desktop and laptop PCs have built-in Ethernet ports these days. So once you have your computer connected to your network via Ethernet, chances are you are already on your network and your so-called setup is done. You should be able to connect to other computers on your network as well as the Internet, if Internet service is connected to your router. But let's take a look at some settings to make sure. Click the Start menu and then select Control Panel, and in here under Network and Internet, click View networks status and tasks. Then click Change adapter settings. This reveals the various network connection devices that are installed in your computer. I only have the one here but if you have a wireless card or Bluetooth capabilities you will see that most of here as well.
In this case, though I am only interested in this Local Area Connection, which is my Ethernet connection on my computer. I am going to right-click on this and choose Properties. Then I am going to locate the listing called Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Don't you love that name? Basically this is the property that determines how your computer talks to your router. Double-click it. In this window the default setting and the one you will want in almost all cases is Obtain an IP address automatically. Basically this means that you are going to let the router assign an IP or Internet Protocol address to your computer.
Each computer or device on the network has its own unique address, kind of like how every house in your neighborhood has its own unique address. That way the router knows which computer is which and is able to send and receive data to and from the right computers. Again Obtain an IP address automatically is almost going to be the correct setting. If you need to select another setting, you are most likely be informed of this by your network administrator who will probably set it up for you too, by choosing Use the following IP address and then filling up the proper information below. I am going to recheck Obtain an IP address automatically.
Really the only reason I am showing you this area is just in case you have plugged in your Ethernet cable and you are unable to connect to your network. The first thing you should do is to find this window and make sure Obtain an IP address automatically is selected. In fact I am just going to click Cancel to close this window so nothing changes in it and then I will click Cancel again to close my Local Area Connection Properties. So really all you need to do to connect your network via a wired connection in the majority of cases is to plug your Ethernet cable into your computer. You should then be immediately connected to your network and to the Internet if there is an Internet modem plugged into your network router.
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