Sample table for determining hardware needs

This sample table will help you create your own table listing the computers on your network. Using this kind of table, you can make a list of the hardware you need to purchase to set up your home or small office network.

Computer location

Does it have a network adapter?

What kind of modem?

Other hardware devices

Den

Ethernet

DSL

Printer, scanner

Son's bedroom

No

56 kilobits per second (Kbps) analog modem

Digital camera

Daughter's bedroom

No

No modem

Scanner

Library

Ethernet

No modem

Printer

Based on this sample, if your home is pre-wired for Ethernet, you might want to buy Ethernet adapters, cables, and the network hub to connect your computers. Otherwise, you may want to consider purchasing a home phoneline network adapter (HPNA) or wireless adapter to connect your computers together.

 Note

For a comprehensive list of hardware supported by Windows operating systems, see Compatible Hardware and Software in Help and Support Center. 

Hardware requirements overview

Network adapters overview

Modems overview

Buying the right hardware

Choosing your Internet Connection Sharing host computer



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