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Guide to Networking Essentials 8th Edition

Guide to Networking Essentials (8th Edition)

Book Edition8th Edition
SubjectComputer Science
Chapter 1, The Fundamentals of Network Communication, Hands-On Project, Exercise 1-3
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Upgrading a Stand-alone Computer to a Networked Computer


Time Required: 30 minutes


Objective: Upgrade a stand-alone computer to a networked computer.


Required Tools and Equipment: Lab computer (as specified in the book's lab setup instructions), a NIC, a patch cable, and a hub or switch


Description: In this project, you install a NIC and connect it to an interconnecting device with a cable. This project can be done in groups or as an instructor demonstration. It's intended only to familiarize you with the hardware components needed to make a stand-alone computer a networked computer.


Using the supplied cable, plug one end into the NIC and the other end into the interconnecting device, which should be a hub or a switch.



When upgrading a stand-alone computer into a networked computer,

you need to have a Network Interface Card (NIC) installed.

The NIC will connect your PC to a network switch.

There is an ethernet port on the NIC where you connect the cable and

connect the other end of the cable to the switch.

The switch will be the central node for all devices on the network.

A router can also be connected to the switch for internet connection.

But before your PC can communicate to other devices that is connected to the switch,

it needs to have the proper IP address.

All devices must belong to the same network.

To configure the IP settings, you must go to network connections on the control panel.

Go to TCP/IP properties and you can assign a static or dynamic IP for your PC.

Pls see attached image for the IP config.

Once your PC has the correct IP settings, it can now

communicate to other devices in the same network.

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