How to Guide, Networking Wired and Wireless

What would you like to do today in under 5 minutes for your "Home Network"?

1.5 minutes: Share a folder? Right click on the folder you would like to share, left click on Properties, Left click on Sharing or Share, Enter a share name, select how many connections you would like (more than 1 please) and assign permissions if you don't want Billy Jr. accessing your folder.

5 seconds: Check who is connected Click on Start > Run (or search) type CMD. From the CMD command prompt type netstat then hit enter.

Networking can be fun and really helps when you are working with more than one computer.

Sometimes sharing a folder is faster than using a thumb drive to transfer information. You can always go back and remove sharing from any shared folder.

What to find all the folders on your computer that are shared? \\computer-name from the run or search line.  

Don't know your computer name? Here's a couple of methods you can use.

  1. Right click My Computer or Computer, left click Properties, left click Computer Name or view computer name (Vista, Win7)
  2. Type in from the RUN or SEARCH line %ComputerName% . You will see an error with your computer name in the title.
  3. Click Start > Run . Type CMD. From the DOS Prompt type HostName then hit enter.
  4. You can also use classic DOS prompt commands.

    nbtstat -n

    Returns Network Adapter info,
    IP address and scope
    NetBIOS local name table
    Typically your first row name is your computer name.

As you can see you have a few different ways of obtaining the same results. (What is my computer name so I can look up shared resources.)

I typically use the search or run line command line to do all the networking lookups. It's faster than using a mouse and clicking on things.

How about netstat commands or net commands? Have you used these to check network settings and configuration? I'm sure you used ipconfig /all before. So the others will be just as easy.

As I add new How To Guides you should be able to see the links and summary list below the comment box on this page.

Use the comment box to submit your questions. I could spend all afternoon writing about networking but find it easier to ask you want you need to learn or what you would like to do first. Then I can offer up the full guide.

How to ask your question:

  1. Operating System
  2. Network IP/Subnet
  3. Network Devices
  4. Summary of what you are looking to do.
  5. Email address if you would like notice when your guide is published.

FYI: I do networking as part of my business. I also help businesses do their own networking as well. I find it better to educate small business owners on the basics so they can afford to call me when something needs to be upgraded.



CIDR Subnet

Wednesday Apr 18 2012
CIDR TABLE: Now where did I put that workbook on CIDR tables? Have you ever forgot where your tables are saved and had to do the old fashioned calculations? What? To you this is old fashioned you say? 10101100 . 00010000 . 11111110 . 00000001 WikiPedia it for your answer if it slips your mind. IP Address keyword search.

Secured Connections SSL

Monday Apr 2 2012
Xtreme Computer explores the realm of SSL login pages and what computer users need to know and understand when faced with a SSL issue. Articles posted here will cover online shopping sites to your local banks.

User Permissions

Thursday Jul 7 2011
Designing and planning a new network is one of the most enjoyable processes any IT person can do. You start with a fresh notepad and a new pen. You start by designing on paper and you keep that notebook with you every day until the design is complete.

Internet Speed Tests

Monday May 23 2011
Cox Communications Speed Tests. Do you understand what effects your speed testing? I hear allot of people talking about how slow their internet is or how long it takes to download a file. Lets take a look at things that can make a major difference in your test results.

TCP IP Forwarding

Wednesday May 18 2011
TCP / IP Forwarding for Windows XP

Remote Desktop Camp




Xtreme Computer how to guide to networking. This covers LAN, WAN, Wireless and Wired Networks. Learn how you can setup and configure your home or office network. Ask questions using our comments and suggestions box near the bottom of the page.