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HP PCs - Creating a Wireless Home Network (Windows 10, 8)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 10 and Windows 8.
Windows allows you to connect multiple computers in a home network. This is a convenient way to share files in the home. This document provides instructions for setting up and sharing folders and files on a wireless home network.
Setting up a local network and file sharing
Use the steps in this section to set up a home network using wireless hardware.
 note:
To perform some of the steps in this document you must be logged into Windows 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, make sure 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
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 wireless network setup wizard to add devices to the network
Use the Windows network setup wizard to help add computers and devices to the network. Follow these steps to run the network setup wizard:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Set up a connection or network , then click Set up a new network .
    Figure : Clicking Set up a new network
    
Clicking Set up a new network in the Choose a connection option window
  2. Click Next , then follow the instructions to set up a wireless network.
Step 4: Connecting to a local network
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. In Windows, search for and open Connect to a network .
  2. Enter the network pass phrase (or security key) for the selected wireless network, then click Next .
    The computer connects to the network.
  3. Click OK .
    Repeat these steps for each computer in the network.
Step 5: Creating a homegroup on a local network
Create a homegroup to share libraries and devices with other computers on the network. You can also stream media between devices.
  1. In Windows, search for and open Homegroup .
  2. If a homegroup has been created already, enter the password for the homegroup, then click Join . You can find the password for the homegroup on the computer that created it.
    If a homegroup has not been created, click Create a homegroup .
    Figure : Clicking Create a homegroup
    
Location of Create a homegroup button
  3. In the Create a Homegroup window, click Next .
    Figure : Clicking Next
    
Location of Next button
  4. In the Share with other homegroup members window, select Shared in the box next to the folders or devices you want to share, then click Next .
    Figure : Permissions for folders and devices
    
Permissions for folders and devices
    The password displays in the Use this password to add other computers to your homegroup window. Click Finish .
    Figure : Use this password to add other computers to your homegroup window
    
Password displays in the Use this password to add other computers to your homegroup window
     note:
    Use the homegroup password on each computer or device in the homegroup.
Step 6: Sharing drives, folders, and files on a local network
You must turn on network discovery to access the computers on the network. You can also set files and printers to be shared and customize sharing options for specific files or folders.
Step 7: Testing the local network
Check the network by browsing through the shared folders on each computer on the network.
Follow these steps to open the Windows network window and browse through the shared folders on each computer and media device on the network:
  1. In Windows, search for and open Network .
  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 not sure 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
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
Do the following to access shared files and directories:
  1. Make sure network discovery and file sharing is turned On.
  2. In Windows, search for and open Network .
  3. The Network window opens and displays computers with shared folders that are detected on local networks.
  4. Double-click the computer you want to access.
  5. If prompted, enter the username and password to access that computer.

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