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Posted: April 30, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Setting up your Workgroup
For the sake of this article, I will assume that you have chosen to use the workgroup model for your network and are not working with domains. To make sure you are in the correct workgroup, go into the system applet under the Network Identification tab and click on the properties button. From within this sub-applet you can name your computer and give its workgroup or domain. As I said, for the rest of this article I will be assuming you chose to go with the workgroup model.
Just about all of the rest of the tweaks that pertain directly to the speed of your system within the Network and Dialup Connections section of the Control panel. Open up the folder and get into the properties for your local area network (if one isnít already set up, you can do so using the ďMake New ConnectionĒ applet.
Inside the connection applet, make sure that the following components are installed. If they arenít installed, make the point of installing them:
- Client for Microsoft Networks
- File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
- NWLink NetBIOS (will later be disabled Ė but you canít uninstall it
- NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS compatible transport protocol
- Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
Unless your network has some kind of special requirements, these are the only components you should have installed on your LAN. If you had to install File and Printer Sharing, make sure you go into your Internet connection and disable it if it appears in there so you donít have a security risk.
Setting up Installed Components
Before you go any further in setting up these components, disable (un-tick) NetBIOS, and if you donít need it for older games, IPX/SPX as well (I personally recommend leaving the last one enabled). The computer will not allow you to totally uninstall the former, but if you feel so inclined you could remove the latter. I will cover IPX/SPX tweaking anyway.
To tweak out your IPX/SPX settings, select it and click on the properties button. The Internal Network Number is irrelavent to what we are doing, but if you know which frame type you are using (Ethernet 802.2 and Ethernet 802.3 are the most common) you can choose the appropriate setting. Auto will pretty much always cause some overhead in your network. If you do choose to set this, you can most likely ignore the network number setting that becomes available Ė I have never had a problem with leaving it at the default.