Win95 Peer-To-Peer Ethernet Networking
Steps to setup Peer-to-Peer networking between computers running Windows 95
and using ethernet adapters.
The computers should be connected with thin-net cable and BNC connectors.
The computers connected together will be called a Workgroup.
This type of network does not require a dedicated server like NT or Novell,
but the computer that shares it resources (e.g. disk drives and/or printers)
with other computers will be designated the server for identification
purposes within these instructions.
- Start/Settings/Control Panel/Network/Configuration
The following network components should appear:
Use Add and Remove commands as appropriate to make your list
appear as above.
For example, to add "Client for Microsoft Networks" use Add/Client command.
Or to add "NetBEUI" (which is a protocol), use Add/Protocol.
If your network adapter card is missing from the above list, use
the Add/Adapter command.
The NetBEUI protocol is used for each ethernet (e.g. 3Com EtherLink III)
Delete all other protocols (e.g. TCP/IP, IPX/SPX) from ethernet adapter.
The dial-up adapter only needs the TCP/IP protocol.
- Client for Microsoft Networks
- 3Com Etherlink III ...
- Dial-Up Adapter
- NetBEUI -> 3Com Etherlink III ...
- TCP/IP -> Dial-Up Adapter
For File and Print Sharing, be sure the Files/Printers boxes are
checked on the computer who will be the server.
- Start/Settings/Control Panel/Network/Identification
Insure each Computer name is unique.
Insure Workgroup name is identical for every computer on network.
- My Computer on Server
On server, do single click on disk drive (e.g. C:) to be shared,
then click right mouse button and select Sharing.
Insure Shared As is clicked and enter a Share Name like
"Hard Drive C:".
Change Access Type as required - if other users will need to write
to the server's disk drive, then click Full.
Repeat for each drive (including CD-ROM) and printer to be shared.
Not that you can also share a fax/modem by selecting it's driver under
Printers (e.g. WinFax).
- Once all changes are complete, restart the computer (server first).
Double click Network Neighborhood and you should see each
server computer listed (i.e. those sharing drive/printer resources with
other computers in the workgroup).
You will not see computers listed that don't share resources.
Double-click the server computer you want to access, and you should
see a list of the drives and printers it is sharing to the workgroup.
Double-click the folder icon for a drive and you will see the root
directory listing of that drive.
Double-clicking a program name will run that program.
Before printing the first time to a server's printer, double-click the
printer listed under Network Neighborhood to start the Printer Wizard
which will setup any required Windows printer drivers and also allow
you to print from DOS programs.
After the first time setup, use your application's print command to
and go to printer selection/setup to select the server's printer.
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