Sketch out your network: draw a diagram of your house or office where each computer and printer is located. Or, you can create a table that lists the hardware on each computer.
Sample table for determining hardware needs
Next to each computer, note the hardware, such as modems and network adapters, each computer has.
Network adapters overview
Choose your Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) host computer. It is recommended that this computer be running Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional and have a working Internet connection.
Choosing your Internet Connection Sharing host computer;
Network configurations overview
Determine the type of network adapters you need for your home or small office network: Ethernet, home phoneline network adapter (HPNA), wireless, or IEEE 1394.
Network adapters overview;
Choosing an internal or external network adapter
Make a list of hardware you need to purchase. This includes modems, network adapters, hubs, and cables.
Buying the right hardware
Purchase the hardware.
For a comprehensive list of hardware supported by Windows operating systems, see Compatible Hardware and Software in Help and Support Center.
Install the network adapters and modems to create your network connections on each computer.
See the manufacturers documentation.
Physically connect the computers together. Plug in the cables to hubs, phone jacks, and the computer.
Connect your computers together
Turn on all computers and printers.
Make sure your ICS host computer has an active Internet connection. To establish your Internet connection, run the New Connection Wizard.
Internet Connection Sharing;
To make an Internet connection
Run the Windows XP fessional Network Setup Wizard on the ICS host computer.
Network Setup Wizard overview
Run the Network Setup Wizard on the other computers on your network.
Configure other computers on your network using a floppy disk