If you have more than one computer in your home, you’ve probably considered setting up a home network. If you’ve set up a home network and it doesn’t work the way you’d like it to, you’ve probably considered throwing your equipment out of the window. Please, close the window and read on. This week, I’ll walk you through what hardware you need to set up a home network, where to buy it, and how it works together. I’ll then show you how to share files on your network, how to stream media across your network (and out to the world—even your phone), and how to back up your data, automatically, to any PC in your home.
Note: these guides are written for all recent (XP, Vista, 7) versions of Windows unless otherwise noted. If you find any incompatibilities, please let me know.
Home Network Guides
Note: These links will be updated as each guide is published.
- What Hardware Do I Need for my Home Network?
- What Hardware Do I Need for my Home Network? (UK Edition)
- What Hardware Do You Use on Your Home Network?
- Share Files with XP, Vista, and 7 on Your Windows Home Network [How To]
- Stream Media Across Your Windows Home Network [How To]
- Stream Media to Any PC in the World with Orb
- Automatically Backup Your Data from Any PC Across Your Home Network
- GFI Backup Backs up Your Data on Your Windows Home Network