Software Setup

By 'Software Setup' we simply mean the necessary steps taken in order to set up and maintain a home network via a computer. We will also explain how to do this on the following operating systems: Windows (Vista), Mac (OS X 10.5) & Linux (Ubuntu 8.10).

Windows

1. Turn on your wireless adapter, if necessary.

Some computers automatically launch the wireless adapter, so this step isn’t required.

2. Choose Connect To from the Start menu.

Windows lists all the wireless networks it finds within range. Don’t be surprised to see several networks listed. Vista sums up each available connection three ways: by name, security, and signal strength.

3. Connect to the desired network by clicking its name and clicking Connect.

If you spot your network’s name, click it and then click the Connect button.
If you don’t spot your network’s name, head to Step 6.

4. Choose whether you’re connecting from Home, Work, or a Public Location.

When you connect, Vista asks you whether you’re connecting from Home, Work, or a Public Location so that it can add the right layer of security.

5. Enter a password, if needed, and click Connect.

Don’t see your wireless network’s name? Then move to Step 6.

6. Connect to an unlisted network.

If Vista doesn’t list your wireless network’s name, two culprits may be involved: low signal strength or, for security, the network is hidden.

7. Click a wireless network listed as Unnamed Network and click Connect.
When asked, enter the network’s name (SSID) and, if required, its password, described in Step 5. After Vista knows the network’s real name and password, Vista will connect.

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Vista's Network & Sharing Centre

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Mac

Use the Network pane of System Preferences to enter your connection information, such as connection method, TCP/IP settings, account name, and password.

Settings for different network connections can be saved in “locations.” Your default location, named “Automatic,” includes settings for each of your computer’s network services or methods of connecting. Network services include Ethernet, AirPort, or a dial-up modem.
To set up a network service:

1. Choose Apple > System Preferences, and then click Network.

2. Choose a location from the Location pop-up menu if you have one set up, or create a new location.

3. Select a network service, such as Ethernet or AirPort, from the network connection services list, and then enter the network settings and information appropriate for that service.

Information you need to connect to the Internet

You can also use Network Setup Assistant to walk you through the setup process. Click Assist Me in the Network pane of System Preferences, click Assistant, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Search Mac Help for additional topics that walk you through setting up your connection depending on how you connect (DSL, dial-up PPP, or cable modem, for example).

If you’re not sure what settings to use, check the information you got from your Internet service provider (ISP) when you signed up for your account, or talk to your network administrator.

If you change network settings frequently, you can create additional locations, then switch quickly using the Location command in the Apple menu.

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Mac Network Preferences

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Linux

1. go to System—>Administration —>Networking

2. If you want to configure the Static ipaddress you need to select drop down box under “Configuration” select static ip address and you need to make sure “Enable this connection” tick box is checked

3. Once you select the static ip address you need to select ip address,subnet mask,gateway address and click on ok

4. Click the Hosts tab, and then either click the Add or Properties button (after selecting a host) to create or edit an entry in your system’s /etc/hosts file

You can also assign different locations to your computer, especially very useful if you are on a laptop and move between several networks each requiring different configurations.

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Linux Network Settings
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