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Active Directory is centralized network management at it’s best. There are lots of reasons to set up a network domain and they include security, ease of administration and the ability to automate a lot of features that are cumbersome to roll out manually. Think about being able to manage all your user and computer accounts from one console. You can set “rules” for specific groups of users and say who can and cannot do what on YOUR network!
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To maximize benefit from the directions below, have your answers ready for the following questions: do you want to extend your wired home network with a WLAN, or are you building a completely new network? how many wireless computers do you plan to network, and where in the home will be they be located? what operating systems do/will you run on your networked computers?
Home networks can be set up with or without Internet access, using various combinations of computer hardware and software. This article explains beginning concepts in home networking. Follow the embedded links to get technical details in areas of interest.
Before you start: To decide what type of network to set up or to find out what hardware and cables you need, see .
If you have multiple computers in your home, networking them is a great idea! There are several big advantages to setting up an in-home network : If one of the computers has a printer attached, then the other computer can print to it over the network. If one of the computers has certain files on it, someone on the other computer can access those files over the network rather than having to copy them onto a disk or memory stick. If you like playing multi-user computer games that have network capabilities built in, then two people can play these games together over the network.
(Looking for instructions on how to share files and printers between Windows 7, Vista, XP, and even a Mac? Read our new How To Set Up Your Home Network, Windows 7 Edition .) If you have more than one computer in your home, you quickly discover what a hassle it is to be shoved aside when someone else needs the printer--which happens to be attached to your PC. You're also probably tired of running up and down the stairs to transfer files using floppy disks. And no one likes fighting over the only computer with Internet access.