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Connecting to wired networks

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Video: Connecting to wired networks

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.

Connecting to wired networks

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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Computer Literacy for Windows

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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 2s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 53s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 48s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 52s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 27s
  3. 17m 29s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 38s
    3. Understanding your Home (User) folder
      3m 9s
    4. Using your desktop
      2m 46s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      1m 45s
    6. The right click
      2m 8s
  4. 25m 38s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 36s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 3s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 37s
    4. How to learn any application
      4m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      7m 29s
  5. 35m 26s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 33s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 36s
    3. Printing your documents
      3m 52s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 8s
    5. Scanning a document
      5m 59s
    6. Setting up a projector or a second monitor
      6m 17s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 55s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 23s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired networks
      2m 47s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      5m 0s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      5m 49s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      4m 12s
  7. 23m 24s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      3m 50s
    4. Composing new email messages
      7m 4s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 12s
    6. Dealing with spam
      3m 52s
  8. 8m 22s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 44s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 14s
  9. 27m 15s
    1. Introduction to word processors
      4m 46s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 57s
    3. Introduction to spreadsheets
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      8m 13s
    5. Formatting a data table
      2m 19s
  10. 28m 52s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      7m 57s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      4m 28s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      9m 17s
    4. Tagging images
      4m 56s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 12m 46s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      6m 4s
    3. Compressing files
      5m 5s
  12. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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