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QGL Network Setup Guide

Sections:
- Windows 95/98/ME Network Setup Guide
- Windows 2000 Network Setup Guide
- Netsend messenger guide
- File sharing tips

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This guide will help you setup your network settings correctly so you can access both the local network, and the Internet. If you still have problems after ensuring you have followed these steps, please ask an admin.

Windows 95/98/ME

Firstly, go into your network properties by right-clicking on Network Neighborhood on your desktop and selecting Properties. Here you should see several different items from adapters to protocols. Scroll down until you find the TCP/IP for your network card, then select Properties.

The properties screen should pop up, with the IP Address tab selected. Select Specify an IP Address. In the IP Address field, type in the IP Address you were given on your sticker. It should look something like 10.0.x.x Now enter in your Subnet Mask which should also be given on your sticker. It should look something like 255.255.0.0

This is all you need to access the LAN, however if you would like to access the Internet as well, do the following:

Next, click on the WINS Configuration tab, and make sure Disable DHCP for WINS Resolution is selected.

Now, click on the Gateway tab. Enter in the Gateway Address given on your sticker. It should look something like 10.0.10.10 Click Add once you have entered this number in.

 

Next, Click on the DNS Configuration tab. Make sure Enable DNS is selected. Now you must enter in a host, domain, and a DNS Server. In the Host field, you can type in anything, most people just type in their nickname. In the Domain field, type in qgl.org In the DNS Server field, type in the DNS Server given on your sticker. It should look something like 10.0.10.10 Click Add.

Thatís it! Now you can click on OK. Windows may ask you to insert your Windows CD, so make sure you have that handy. When it asks you if you want to reboot, click Yes, and when your PC reboots, everything should work.

 

Windows 2000

Firstly, go into your network and dialup connections by right-clicking on My Network Places on your desktop and selecting Properties. Here you should see a list of network cards and dialup adapters you have installed in your system. Double click on the network card you will be using. When the new window opens, click on properties. One of the items listed should be the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Make sure the checkbox next to it is checked, then select it and click properties.

The properties screen should now be open. Make sure Use the following IP Address is selected. In the IP Address field, enter in your IP address, which can be found on your sticker. It should look something like 10.0.x.x

Next, enter in your Subnet Mask which is also on your sticker. It should look something like 255.255.0.0

This is all you need to access the LAN, however if you would like to access the Internet as well, do the following:

In the Default Gateway field, enter in the Gateway Address supplied on your sticker. It should look something like 10.0.10.10

Next, make sure Use the following DNS server addresses is selected. In the Preferred DNS Server, type in the DNS server address supplied on your sticker. It should look something like 10.0.10.10

Thatís it! Now you can click on OK, then click OK again, and it should all be setup. If Windows asks you to reboot, click yes, and when your PC reboots, everything should work.

 

Netsend messenger service

Messenger service is used to allow other users to send your computer a message in Windows 2000 or Windows XP. This message pops up on your screen in the middle of games or whatever you're doing, and can become quite annoying. The best way to prevent this is to simply turn the service off. There are two ways to do this.

The first way is to go to a command prompt and simply type

net stop messenger

This will need to be done each time you start your computer, as the messenger service will start up each time.

The second way is to go into control panel, then into your administrative tools. Select services, and find the "Messenger" service. Right-click and go to properties. Select startup type to either Manual, or disabled. Click on OK, and then reboot your computer. Now the service shouldn't start automatically with your PC.

File sharing tips

File sharing is becoming riskier and riskier at LAN's, with more malicious gamers and malicious virii causing problems. The biggest problem is when users have a full file share (read and write access enabled), and they don't know about it. This leaves their PC prone to attacks from new viruses, and other users who take it upon themselves to delete everything that is shared.

Before you leave home, it is a good idea to check all your file shares and make sure you don't have any at all. If you need to share something at the LAN, we recommend you use FTP. If you need to use Windows File Sharing, please make sure you don't allow write access, and it's preferable that you password the share so only those you give the password to can access your shared folders.

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