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How to Set Up a Home Network

Fumbling around wondering why
you can't "see" the other
computers on your network?

then you need to discover
...the settings that work!

Windows 7 | XP | Vista

Click here to skip directly to the "one command" to access your other computer's files!

Ed McAuliffe

Easy, step by step screenshots show you how to:

  • Share Internet, files and printers

  • Go wired or wireless

  • Set up and maintain your network

From: Ed McAuliffe
Kelso Consulting Group, LLC

Dear Home Networker,

id you know that on average, a Twinkie will explode in a microwave in forty-five seconds? That’s about the same amount of time it takes for most people to explode with frustration when trying to set up their home network. But not anymore, and here’s why:

     I’ve created a visual, “quick-learn” guide that can show absolutely anyone no matter what their experience with computers and networks how to set up a home network that’ll make them the envy of their friends. In fact, “How to Set Up a Home Network” will give you the “know-how” to quickly and easily build a home network that’ll …

     Give you the ability to share any file you want with other computers on your network. Files such as mp3’s, photographs, spreadsheets, business documents and more. Beyond that, you’ll also …

  • Have the ability to share your printer, fax and scanner with all of your computers

  • Connect your desktop PC to your laptop with an "ad hoc" wireless connection

  • Save money by sharing one Internet connection, whether it's broadband or dialup, with or without a router

  • Have a blast with multiple player games – you can have players on each computer playing the same game together!

  • How to network a Windows 7 PC with an XP machine … and do it without frustration!

  • How to make your wireless network secure

  • Connecting “wired” machines to machines that are wireless

  • You will maximize your work potential … slash work time … end frustration … and accomplish more - faster, easier and better than you do now!

  • Plus … there’s MORE!

This guide will work for you because...

... it worked for me!

Let me explain. Home networking is mostly about settings. Settings at your router, settings at your computers. I wrote the guide and took screenshots as I was actually configuring my home network.

Here’s why “How to Set Up a Home Network” can have you set up FAST!

1. You can instantly get access to this guide. It’s in PDF file format so it’ll open up for you no matter what computer system you’re on. You’ll be able to read it just moments from now. It contains 204 organized pages, and the download size is about 5MB. Uh oh, I can hear you now...

"I don't have time to read 204 pages!"

Neither do I! That's why most of the pages are simply screenshots of network settings, along with short instruction. Screenshots take up most of the space.

2. Second, “How to Set Up a Home Network” is written in easy to understand English that anyone can understand. There’s no technobabble or complicated instructions in it. It’s designed to be visual (since most people learn best that way), and as I said earlier contains mostly screenshots so you can follow along step-by-step.

Access your other PC right now.

It's time for you to find out what it means to follow along step by step, and the reason why my guide is a perfect fit for you if you're a do-it-yourselfer.

We'll run through a quick excercise that you can do right now. Note that this isn't a meaningless task - there's a what, why and how:

What is an IP address?

It's a unique number that each device on a network has, be it a PC, router, or a network printer. Of course, it has to follow certain rules and numerical format.

Why is it important?

The IP address is the core value of any computer on a home network, small office network, or even a corporate network. If the IP address is wrong, your PC isn't getting anywhere.

How can I use it?

Knowing the IP address, you can determine if your computers are on the same network (this is called a "subnet"), properly configure firewalls to allow file/printer sharing, and perhaps most importantly, run a "direct access" command to attempt to access another computer's shared folders and printers.

Ready? Find out your IP address. I'll use Vista as an example (Windows 7 and XP are also covered in the guide).

On Vista, click on the Vista logo, and then type cmd in the white search box, shown here. Then press Enter - you are running the cmd command.

A common mistake is to click on "see all results" or "search the Internet". You are NOT SEARCHING HERE. You are entering a command, so PRESS ENTER!

In the resulting black command window, type ipconfig and press enter. That's right - you can type right where the prompt is, in my case, it's c:\Users\ed.

Vista with throw a lot of garbage output at you - what you're after is the "IPv4" address, and you'll need to scroll to the top to get it - use the side bar on the right side of the window. Here, my IP address is, and it's my wireless card. I also have a "Local Area Connection", which is my wired network card, but it's not being used.

Ignore all references to "IPv6" and "Tunnel" adapters. It's only IPv4 you want.

Interpreting the results:

Media disconnected:

This means exactly what it says. There is no connection. If it's wireless, this means that the wireless settings aren't correct and you aren't connected wirelessly. If it's the Local Area Connection, this means a cable is unplugged, a bad port in the router, or you're using the wrong type of cable.

IP addresses beginning with 192.168 or 10.0.0:

Most of you will have these IP's, such as, and so forth. These are common when you're connected to a broadband router. Of note, the router assigns these addresses to your computers - your PCs simply don't "make up" these values. These IP's mean you can probably surf the web, and you're very close to sharing files and printers.

An IP of 169.254.x.x or all zeros:

Uh oh. Something is up here. An IP beginning with 169.254 means the PC is asking for an IP address, but can't get one, so it self-assigns a bogus IP beginning with 169.254. A connection issue - perhaps a manual IP assignment would work here.

Other IP's not mentioned:

Obviously, the full discussion of IP addressing can take up a whole book by itself. However, the ballpark answer is that you're directly connected to the web with a modem, and probably can't share files and printers. You most likely need a router, or a modem that functions as one.

Tunnel "Teredo" and IPv6:

Didn't I tell you not to pay attention to these?

Most of the people who buy my guide use their IP address to run that "direct access" command I talked about earlier. Any error messages that come from running that command will tell you exactly why you can't access the other computer.

Want to try that direct access command right now? It will take just another 10 seconds.

First, I want you to understand what you are doing. You'll be attempting to access your other computer's shared folders and printers. You will be trying to "see" those shared items just like if you were to browse the network through the Network Map, or My Network Places.

The ideal result will be a window that pops up showing you the shared folders and printers at your other computer.

However, what's probably going to happen is that you'll get an error message. It's that error message that is ABSOLUTELY VITAL to determining why you can't access the other PC.

Let's run the command. It's called a UNC Path, and be certain that you're using the IP address of the PC you are trying to access. Note that there may be a long pause after you run the command, as the PC tries to find the shares at that IP address. BE PATIENT.. I'll use Vista as an example, but any version of Windows can run this command.

Go to the Vista logo, and type in


where it says Start Search in the white box, THEN PRESS ENTER. There is no "searching" here. It's two backslashes followed immediately by the IP address of the PC you want to access. There are no spaces. Note the direction of the slashes. Those are backslashes, above the Enter key. Of course, I expect you to replace my sample IP addresses with the actual IP address of the PC you want to try and access - the IP of one of your other machines. But you knew that, right?

Now, you may get a window that pops up rather quickly showing some shared items. This is good.

However, in about 30 to 60 seconds, you'll probably get an error message. Here, it's "Windows cannot access". Note the "See Details" in the lower left of the message. Click that.

Behold! The very common "Network path was not found" message. 99 times out of 100, this means there is a firewall on the PC you're trying to access. Norton Internet Protection, AVG Firewall, ZoneAlarm, PC-Cillin. Those are just a few of the firewalls that will block access. They are simply doing their job.

Don't despair if you got the "path not found" error. This happens all the time. You just need to configure your firewall to allow file/printer sharing. With most of them, this means configuring IP addresses in the firewall as "safe" or "allowed". In my guide, I have examples for Norton 360 and Norton Internet Protection, ZoneAlarm, and AVG. Once you know the concept, you can configure most any firewall.

Congratulations are in order. What you've just done has brought your networking knowledge miles (kilometers for my European and Australian friends!) ahead of where you were before you came to my site. You've just used a powerful networking command that cuts through the "network browsing" overhead and gets you straight to an error message that you can troubleshoot from.

UNC Path. IP addresses. See how easy it is when you have screenshots - and me?

Besides real world settings, you’ll also find that

“How to Set Up a Home Network” covers everything you need to know from A to Z. In fact, here’s another taste of what my guide covers:

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Home Networking Basics
           Networking “Rules of the Road”6
           Home Network Components 7
           Home Network Diagrams12
           TCP/IP Overview, the language of home networks18
           What is my IP address?24
           The Ping command30
           TCP/IP Settings 31
Chapter 2: Sharing the Internet
           With ICS (Internet Connection Sharing)41
           With a broadband router49
Chapter 3: Wireless Networking
           Wireless router settings58
           Windows 7 wireless settings59
           Vista's wireless settings61
           XP's wireless settings63
Wireless Access Points 68
Securing Your Wireless Network 69
           Change/Hide the SSID 71
           MAC address filtering77
           WEP encryption 78
           WPA encryption 82
           WPA2 encryption 84
           Windows 7 Wireless Security 87
Ad Hoc wireless networks 92
Chapter 4: File and Printer Sharing
           Windows 7 preliminary steps108
           Vista and XP Pro preliminary steps115
           Workgroup Name 120
Share a Printer 128
           from Windows 7 129
           from Vista 132
           from XP 134
Printing to a Shared Printer137
           from Vista138
           from XP 143
Print Servers145
Sharing Files162
           from Windows 7163
           from Vista168
           from XP Home171
           from XP Pro173
Accessing Shared Files 179
           Browsing the network from Windows 7 180
           Browsing the network from Vista 182
           Browsing the network from XP184
           Mapping a network drive from Windows 7189
           Mapping a network drive from Vista191
           Mapping a network drive from XP 193
           UNC Path from Windows 7195
           UNC Path from Vista197
           UNC Path from XP198
Chapter 5: Troubleshooting 199
If you need help203

So who am I to show you how to set up your own home network? Well, if you’ll indulge me for a moment, here’s a quick bio of me:

I work for a 600+ employee company as a network administrator – handling all sorts of network and desktop issues. Many people call me the “go-to” guy because I have a knack for putting “techno-babble” into terms anyone can understand. I also routinely develop curriculum and classes for end users of new software, special projects, etc.

To date, I have helped so many people set up their home networks that it’s hard to keep track of how many I’ve done. And as for my guidebook, “How to Set Up a Home Network”, I’ve sold nearly 5000 copies since I released the first version in 2003, and I recently updated it in July 2009 - it covers Windows 7!

And … the feedback from people who’ve bought this guide has been GREAT! Like I said, part of the reason why is because of its …

"Visual “Quick-Learn” Format Shows You Step-By-Step How to Set Up Your Home Network Right the First Time!"

Here's an overview of what the guide covers:

Here’s a peek at a typical page of the guide:

As you can see, “How to Set Up a Home Network” is mostly screenshots of what you'll be seeing on your computers. There’s no guesswork to it.

What Might Seem Extremely Complicated to Some Will Seem Easy After Reading this Guide

That’s good news for you, because with this guide, you won’t have to worry about finding yourself in a mess of wires, “error messages”, or wondering why your computers don't "see each other".

This is the most realistic and straightforward guide to actual network settings you'll find. But don’t just take my word for it, listen to these rave reviews of “How to Set Up a Home Network”:

“Well worth it”
"Thanks for getting back to me on a Sunday... ...your manual has been very helpful, and showed me things I was overlooking. Well worth it. I was pleased to find it available on the net."
Garry R., Elbert, CO

“10 times easier to read than anything in the Microsoft help files”
"I would like to say how clearly and carefully written is your manual. It is 10 times easier to read than anything in the Microsoft help files."
Gary D., Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Incredibly easy to follow”
“Your networking guidebook is thorough and detailed. The screenshots make it incredibly easy to follow. The included online support makes it the best deal on the net."
Marek S., Sacramento, CA Verycom Web Design www.verycom.com

“Easy to understand format”
I appreciate the information that I purchased from your company-- I feel fortunate to find the information in an "easy to understand" format. Thank you."
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“… there are still a few good guys around”
"Your help is more than just appreciated. It confirms that in this world there are still a few good guys around."
Bill P., Sun City West, AZ

“I've got my shared printer up and running wonderfully”
I've got my shared printer up and running wonderfully. Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate your prompt and professional service."
Jon T., Santa Monica, CA

“Good stuff!”
"Good stuff! Thanks for your help on getting my home network going ...the book has given me the confidence to take another giant step forward...build my own computer!"
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“Extremely helpful”
"You have a wonderful publication and it was extremely helpful."
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“Nothing as straightforward as it is in bookshops”
"Your book was a great success. Thank goodness for the web, there was nothing as straightforward as it in bookshops."
Roger P., Kent, United Kingdom

“This is a really wonderful product!”
" I think this is a really wonderful product! You explain clearly and in detail all of the stuff that I've sort of understood about networks (and was just faking). Congratulations on developing such well done material."
Barry S., New York, NY

By now, you're probably wondering how much “How to Set Up a Home Network” is. Well, let me tell you -- it’s worth every penny and MORE. Here’s why:

Try calling the local computer store and asking how much they'll charge to come to your house and set up your home network. If you add a new PC or want to make any changes, you'll need to call them back! How about the "per hour" fee of a network tutor? The magic of my guide is that it shows you how to set up your home network - so you can do it yourself.

So by getting this guide, you will save a bunch of money … you will save your time (time is money anyways) and you will save your sanity too.

But I Have More Good News for You …

Because “How to Set Up a Home Network” is INSTANTLY ACCESSIBLE via download, there is no shipping and handling charge. Now here’s even better news:

With your purchase of “How to Set Up a Home Network” you’re going to get 30 days of online support and … FREE UPDATES to the guide FOREVER. So no matter the change in technology … you will always have an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to show you exactly how to do it -- and do it quickly and easily. There are no other books or guides available that make this promise. And might I add …

No other books or guides (the few there are) show you in a visual “quick learn” format how to create a great home network that’ll bring you tons of fun, time-savings and improved work productivity. And I completely back my guide with a guarantee.

You will be able to set up your home network with my guide, or I'll refund your money.

So there’s absolutely no risk to you whatsoever to get “How to Set Up a Home Network” today. There’s no reason not to get it. If you're not satisfied with the guide, for any reason whatsoever, just send me an email and you will receive a prompt and courteous refund with no questions asked.

But the fact of the matter is …

My Guide Will More Than Pay for Itself … Many, Many Times Over

Just think how over the years your home network may grow or change … my guide will be right there at your side to make sure everything works the way YOU want it to. Without you needing to pay big money to a hotshot technician that you won’t learn anything from.

Like I said earlier, if you want, you could make some good money on the side creating home networks for people. Maybe you already know several people interested in setting up a home network or maybe they’re not really happy with the one they presently have. Wouldn’t you love … at the very least to be able to show off your expertise and help them get set up?

Over 5000 people have downloaded “How to Set Up a Home Network” and I have many, many testimonials like the ones previously mentioned in this message. I've had people from the U.K., Japan, New Zealand, Indonesia and even Iceland and Tanzania buy this guide!

“How to Set Up a Home Network” is now also available on Amazon!

By the way, “How to Set Up a Home Network” is up to date with what’s available right now … in case you’re wondering. It was updated in 2009 and covers Windows 7, Vista and XP. So here’s what comes next:

You have 2 options, Download Only or Get it on Amazon. You'll be redirected instantly to the download site with PayPal, or an automated email with the download link if you use a credit card. Either way, I'll send you a confirmation email very quickly.

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YES Ed! I want INSTANT ACCESS to “How to Set Up a Home Network”. It’s without question the most straightforward guide on setting up home networks for home office and for pleasure.
      I’m excited about being able to set up a home network that’ll give me more control over my computers ... the ability to set up a secure wireless network … the ability to share my printer, scanner and fax on all of my computers … the ability to share one Internet connection on all of my computers … the ability to share files on all of my computers … the ability to have all of my computers work together exactly the way I want them to … the ability to play a multiple player video game on all of my computers at the same time and MORE!
      EVERYTHING I need to know about connectivity, permissions, network set ups, wireless and dial up networks, router settings, file and printer sharing and more is covered. This is a visual “quick learn” guide and it’ll give me the ability to set up my own home network.
      With my purchase of this guide today, I will also receive prompt online support for 30 full days, and FREE lifetime updates of the guide. So this guide pays for itself in time, money and peace of mind.

  • Full color, 6 MB PDF file, 204 pages
  • Linked table of contents
  • Print it out if you like, or view on-screen

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OPTION 2: Click the book below and get the paperback on Amazon!

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“15 minutes later we were networked!”
“I hung up with Dell, and 15 minutes later we were networked!”
– Deanna M., Westtown, PA

P.S. Once again, I want to remind you that you’re getting a full month, that’s 30 days of prompt, professional online support FREE of charge. Plus you’re getting FREE upgrades for life. If you have any questions whatsoever, email me at emcauliffe@kelsoconsultinggroup.com.

The survey results are in!

For 2 weeks I did a survey on reasons why you didn’t buy my guide, and here are the results:

44% of you think it’s too expensive.

I wasn’t surprised here, with the economy the way it is. But if you take a look at the savings down the road, my guide pays for itself. You won’t have to pay a tech to set up your network (or change it down the road), potentially saving you hundreds. Don’t forget you’re getting free updates for life. I’ve had customers from 5 years ago email me to get my latest version with Windows Vista – it’s free for them. I also offer a money back guarantee.

29% of you aren’t sure my guide will help you

I understand you’re skeptical here, but hear me out. With more than 5000 customers since 2003, the “real world” feedback I’ve received has helped me to create a guide that is based entirely on real settings, real problems and real solutions that work on actual home networks world wide. If you happen to run into a problem that’s not covered in the guide, I can still help you. Either way, if the guide doesn’t work for you, you get your money back.

15% of you thought there was not enough information about the guide

I tried to be as thorough as possible as to what you’ll be able to accomplish with the guide. Based on comments I’ve received, some of you may have a question about whether it covers your particular situation. The quick answer is “yes”, but if you have any doubts just email me – emcauliffe@kelsoconsultinggroup.com .

12% of you don’t trust the transaction security

I use PayPal. If you’re still nervous about it, I also accept personal checks and money orders – just email me.

Ready to get started? Buy my guide below!

  • Full color, 6 MB PDF file, 204 pages
  • Linked table of contents
  • Print it out if you like, or view on-screen

Order by PayPal, no account required:

OPTION 2: Click the book below and get the paperback on Amazon!

Ed McAuliffe
Kelso Consulting Group
22 Brentwood Drive
Holden, MA 01520
Email: info@pcguidebook.com