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Creating a Wireless Home Network (Windows 8)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 8.
Windows 8 supports the connection of multiple computers in a home network. Creating a network can be a convenient way to share files in the home. This document provides instructions for setting up a wireless home network and sharing folders and files on the network.
 note:
If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, some graphics and information in this document may vary. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
Setting up a local network and file sharing
Use the steps in this section to set up a home network in Windows 8 using wireless hardware.
 note:
To perform some of the steps in this document you must be logged into Windows 8 using the main administrative account. Normally this is the first account that was created when the computer was first turned on.
Step 1: Before you begin
Before you start the process of setting up a local network in Windows 8, confirm that you have the following hardware:
  • Wireless network interface card (NIC) or an on-the-motherboard wireless network port for each computer.
  • Confirm the computer has a wireless network antenna; the antenna might be a part of internal networking hardware, or the antenna might be external and should be connected to the back of the computer.
  • Wireless router or access point. If you need a network hub, consult with a network specialist at your local computer store to determine a hub that meets your needs.
Follow these steps before continuing with setting up and connecting your network hardware:
  • Disconnect from the Internet. If you have a DSL or cable modem, disconnect it.
  • Disable any firewall software. Firewall software might interfere with network setup. You can enable the firewall after network setup is complete.
Step 2: Setting up and connecting the network hardware for a local network in Windows 8
Set up and turn on the power for the wireless network router or other networking device. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to connect a broadband cable or DSL modem to the router (in some cases, the modem and router are combined into one device, and may be referred to as a wireless access point), and to set up security for the wireless network.
Figure : Wireless network example: wireless router, two wireless notebooks, and a wireless computer with a printer
A wireless network
Step 3: Running the Windows 8 wireless network setup wizard to add devices to the network
Use the Windows 8 network setup wizard to help add computers and devices to the network. Follow these steps to run the network setup wizard:
  1. At the Start screen, type set up network to open the Search charm. Select Set up a connection or network in the Search results.
    Figure : Set up a connection or network
    Set up a connection or network on the Search screen
  2. Select the connection option Set up a new network, and then click Next.
    Figure : Choose a connection option
    Choose a connection option window
  3. Follow the instructions to set up a wireless network.
Step 4: Connecting to a local network in Windows 8
Use these steps to connect to a network:
 note:
On notebook computers, make sure the wireless device is enabled. For most notebook computers, there is an LED light or a light on a keyboard key with this symbol () that glows blue when the wireless device is turned on and enabled, and glows orange when off or disabled. Some notebook computer models may use different a different color scheme.
  1. At the Start screen, type connect to open the Search charm. Select Connect to a network in the Search results.
    Figure : Connect to a network
    Connect to a  network on the Search screen
  2. Select your network from the list, and then click Connect.
  3. Enter the network pass phrase (or security key) for the selected wireless network, and then click Next.
    The computer connects to the network.
    Figure : Security key or pass phrase
    Type the network security key
  4. Click OK.
    Repeat these steps for each computer in the network.
Step 5: Creating a homegroup on a local network in Windows 8
Create a homegroup to share libraries and devices with other computers on the network. You can also stream media between devices.
  1. At the Start screen, type homegroup to open the Search charm. Select Choose HomeGroup and sharing options in the Search results.
    Figure : Choose HomeGroup and sharing options
    Choose HomeGroup and sharing options on the Search screen
  2. Click Choose HomeGroup and sharing options from the list of results.
  3. If a homegroup has been created already, enter the password for the homegroup and then click Join. You can find the password for the homegroup on the computer that created it.
    Figure : Join homegroup
    Join homegroup from the Network screen
    If a homegroup has not been created, click Create.
  4. In the Libraries and devices window, select the content you want to share by clicking the toggle button next to each type of content. When the toggle button is moved to the right, the content is being shared.
     note:
    You may need to scroll down to see the password for the homegroup. Enter that password on each computer or device to add it to the homegroup.
Step 6: Sharing drives, folders, and files on a local network in Windows 8
You must turn on network discovery to access the computers on the network. You can also set files and printers to be shared, as well as customizing sharing options for specific files or folders.
Step 7: Testing the local network in Windows 8
Check the network by browsing through the shared folders on each computer on the network from the Windows 8 network window.
Follow these steps to open the Windows 8 network window and browse through the shared folders on each computer and media device on the network:
  1. At the Start screen, type network to open the Search charm. Select Network in the Search results.
    Figure : Network
    Network on the Search screen
  2. Click the name of the computer or device to access.
  3. If prompted, enter the user name and password to connect to the computer or device.
    If the computer is able to read and access files from a remote computer, the remote computer or device is set up correctly. Browse to every available computer or device from each computer on the network. If there are any issues, go back through these steps and verify that the settings are correct.
    If you are unsure how to browse shared folders or are experiencing difficulties, refer to the section Accessing shared files and directories.
    When all computers are able to network to the other computers on the network, enable Internet access on the local network.
Step 8: Enabling Internet access and firewall on a local network in Windows 8
Once you have verified that your home network is capable of transferring files, connect and enable Internet connections for computers with Internet access.
 caution:
Make sure that each computer with Internet access is well protected from security threats. At the minimum, each computer should have its Internet connection protected with a firewall and Windows should be updated with the latest critical updates from Microsoft Windows Update. If malicious activity comes though one computer, the activity can quickly spread through the entire network.
Accessing shared files and directories on a local network in Windows 8
Do the following to access shared files and directories:
  1. At the Start screen, type network to open the Search charm. Select Network in the Search results.
    Figure : Network
    Network on the Search screen
  2. The Network window opens and displays computers with shared folders that are detected on local networks.
  3. Double-click the computer you want to access.
  4. If prompted, enter the username and password to access that computer.

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