How Do I Setup a Network Between Two Computers?

By Lyan Uaha

Microsoft Windows Vista has built in a network setup utility that allows you to easily set up a network between two computers. You can set up either a wireless network or a wired Ethernet network. Ethernet network requires you to connect your computer to an Ethernet hub, switch, router or jack. Connecting to a network may require you to login using a username and password. If you do not know the username/password, contact your network administrator for additional assistance.

Click “Start," then click “Network.”

Click the “Network and Sharing Center” button on the top of the Network window that opens. It is present below the address bar.

Click the “Set up a connection or network” option on the left pane of the Network and Sharing Center window that opens.

Click to select the “Set up a wireless router or access point” option below Choose a connection option, and then click “Next.”

Click “Next” on the Set up a home or small business network window. Vista will automatically detect and configure the network for you.

Click the “Finish” button.


To setup an Ethernet network, first connect your computer to the Ethernet jack, click “Start,” then click “Network.” Computers on the network you connected your computer to will be automatically displayed on the Network window that opens.