3. Preparing Your Network
In this chapter, you'll learn what to do before configuring your
Before configuring your router, you need set up the computers in
your network for TCP/IP networking and collect relevant ISP
information if necessary.
3.1 Configuring Windows for IP Networking
Each computer in your network should be configured for TCP/IP
networking. There are two ways to configure your computers:
You are commended to use DHCP, then you can simply choose
to receive an IP address automatically. For detailed instructions,
see Configure Windows to Receive Dynamic IP Address.
If you don't use DHCP, you need assign an IP address to each
computer manually. For detailed instructions, refer to your
3.2 To Configure Windows to Receive Dynamic IP
3.2.1. Click Start, then choose Settings > Network and Dial-up
3.2.2. Select the name of your ISP connection.
The Local Area Connection Status dialog box appears, seen in
FIGURE 3-1: Local Area Connection Status dialog box
3.2.3. Click Properties.