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Configuring Windows XP Network Components 

If you're having trouble accessing the Internet while at Reed, you may want to make sure your network components are properly installed and configured.  Follow the directions below to verify your settings.

Checking for correct network components

  1. Click the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet Connections.
  3. Click on Network Connections. Take a close look at what is displayed in the Network Connections window. If a bridge exists you will NOT be able to connect to the Internet or our network and you may cause difficulties for others. You MUST remove the bridge immediately. To do this, right-click on the bridge icon and select Delete. Below are two examples of bridging. If you do not have a bridge or have successfully removed your bridge continue to step four.

    Bridging

    Bridging

  4. Right-click once on Local Area Connection.

    LAN

  5. Select Properties from the pop-up menu that opens. A Local Area Connection Properties window opens.
  6. Under Connect Using, a network adapter for your network card should be listed. Under This connection uses the following items, you should see Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and Client for Microsoft Networks.

If either of these three (network adapter, TCP/IP or Client for Microsoft Networks) are missing, continue to the section "Adding network components". If all components are installed, skip to step three of the section "Configuring your network components".

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Adding network components

You may be prompted to restart your computer at various points while adding network components. If you are not finished adding network components when prompted to restart, you may click No to continue adding network components. When you are done, you will need to restart your computer so that any changes you've made can take effect.

Network Adapter

If you are certain you have a network card installed, but see no network adapter listed, follow these instructions for adding a network adapter

  1. In the open Local Area Connection Properties window, click Configure, then click on the Driver tab. If you have followed the instructions from the previous section, the Local Area Connection Properties window should still be open. To re-open it, go to the Start menu -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Network and Dial-up Connections. Right-click on Local Area Connection and select Properties from the pop-up menu.
  2. Clicking on Update Driver... will run a program that will help you install your network card driver. If the program does not automatically find the driver, insert the disk that came with your network card, and click Have Disk. Select the location to Copy manufacturer's files from and click OK

If you do not need to add any other network components, skip to the section "Completing network component installation".

TCP/IP Protocol

  1. In the open Local Area Connection Properties window click Install... If you need to reopen the Local Area Connection Properties window go to the Start menu-> Control Panel-> Network and Internet Connections-> Network Connections. Right click once on Local Area Connection and select Properties from the pop-up menu that opens.
  2. Select Protocol, then click Add....
  3. Select TCP/IP, then click OK. In a few moments, Windows returns you to the Local Area Connection Properties window. The TCP/IP protocol should now appear in the list of items used by the connection.

If you do not need to add any other network components, skip to the section "Completing network component installation".

Client for Microsoft networks

  1. In the open Local Area Connection Properties window click Install....
  2. If you need to reopen the Local Area Connection Properties window go to the Start menu-> Control Panel-> Network and Internet Connections-> Network Connections. Right click once on Local Area Connection and select Properties from the pop-up menu that opens.
  3. Select Client, then click Add....
  4. Select Client for Microsoft Networks, then click OK. In a few moments, Windows returns you to the Local Area Connection Properties window. Client for Microsoft Networks should now appear in the list of items used by the connection.

Continue to "Completing Network Component Installation".

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Completing network component installation

  1. Click Close/OK to close the Local Area Connections Properties window. Close any other open windows.
  2. If prompted to restart your computer or insert a CD, follow the instructions on your screen.

All three components are now installed. You are ready for the final step: configuring your network components.

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Configuring your network components

  1. Open the Network Connections window. ( Start menu-> Control Panel-> Network and Internet Connections-> Network Connections.)
  2. Right-click once on Local Area Connection, then select Properties from the pop-up menu that opens.
  3. Make sure Client for Microsoft Networks and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) are checked.
  4. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties.
  5. Make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically are selected, then click OK.
  6. Click Close/OK to close the Local Area Connection Properties window. Close the Network and Dial-up connections window.

Your computer should now be able to access the Internet. To access Reed's networked services, please proceed to our XP setup page.

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