Networking made easy; three quick tips for setting up a wired connection.

If you have more than one PC and are tired of inserting floppies to share Files, you might consider a home LAN (home Local Area Network) See home network. . It lets you share files among PCs by dragging and dropping them in Windows Explorer–and share a broadband connection See broadband and wireless broadband. , CD drives, and printers connected to other PCs. Here’s how:

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1. GET THE EQUIPMENT

Make sure everything you buy is for an Ethernet LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The “clients” are the user’s workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used. . (Adding wireless takes additional steps.) You’ll need:

* One 10/100 (Dual Speed) Network Hub See hub and hub vs. switch.