Laptop Image Gallery
Laptop Image Gallery

By setting up a network between multiple computers, files, printers and internet connections can be shared. See more laptop pictures.

MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

If you have multiple computers in your home, networking them is a great idea! There are several big advantages to setting up an in-home network:

  • If one of the computers has a printer attached, then the other computer can print to it over the network.
  • If one of the computers has certain files on it, someone on the other computer can access those files over the network rather than having to copy them onto a disk or memory stick.
  • If you like playing multi-user computer games that have network capabilities built in, then two people can play these games together over the network.
  • If you connect to the Internet with one of the computers, the other computer can use that same connection over the network. So one computer can connect to the Internet with a modem and the other computer will route its Internet traffic through that single connection.

Networking PCs has gotten easier and a lot less expensive, but it is still a little bit of a challenge. How Home Networking Works discusses the whole thing in detail, but see the next page to see some quick answers.

­