I'm looking to set up a LAN connection under Windows XP.
What are the steps or instructions I should follow to make this work?
I think u want to connect 2 PCs. Let's assume so. Thus, you'll need to check this guide: How To Create a LAN connection between 2 PCs.
know how your network is set up. Assuming its a home system, there are a few basic setups people use. I'm NOT going into exotica like firewire networking
in all 3 cases run the network setup wizard. for 1 and 2 choose 'i connect through a gateway', for 3 select 'i connect directly to the internet'. Check if you have a connection from the network icon in control panel, or the ipconfig command.
For extra credit, you can use ICS to turn a system into a basic, moderately annoying to configure router.
Basically connect the two computers together with a Category 5/5e/6 Ethernet cable. If both of the sides have their lights light up on the ports, then they are ready to be assigned IP's.
Set one PC to
Set the other PC to
Then you can ping each other with cmd.exe to check if they can communicate with each other. How to do it and how it looks is like this:
Granted, I'm using Windows 7, but it's the same thing.