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Installing TCP/IP in Windows 98

Preparing to Install TCP/IP

Now that you have a little background in how TCP/IP works, you're almost ready to install, configure, and begin using TCP/IP on your Windows 98 workstation. Before you begin the installation procedure, however, you need to gather together the information you must provide when you configure TCP/IP. In particular, you need to know the following information:

If you are configuring TCP/IP for use only with Dial-Up Networking, you do not have to worry about configuring any TCP/IP settings through the Network object in the Control Panel. You set these values through the Dial-Up Networking connection properties.


Installing TCP/IP in Windows 98

Before you can begin taking advantage of TCP/IP, you naturally have to install it. Of all network protocols, TCP/IP is the most complex to install and configure owing to its many settings and options. This section explains those settings and options, beginning with the installation process.

If you have not read the previous section of this chapter, you should do so to learn what items of information you need before you install and configure TCP/IP.


Installing Microsoft TCP/IP

Microsoft TCP/IP installs like any other network transport protocol — through the Control Panel. To install TCP/IP, open the Control Panel and choose the Network object. From the Configuration property page, choose the Add button. Windows 98 displays a Select Network Component Type dialog box from which you can choose the type of network component you want to install. Select Protocol from the supplied list, then choose Add. Windows 98 displays a Select Network Protocol dialog box similar to the one shown in Figure 26.1. From the Manufacturers list, select Microsoft. Then, from the Network Protocols list, select TCP/IP.

After you choose OK, Windows 98 adds the TCP/IP protocol to your PC, copying files as necessary from the Windows 98 distribution disks or CD. After it copies the files, the TCP/IP protocol appears in the installed components list on the Configuration property page. If you have more than one adapter, Windows 98 adds TCP/IP to each one. If your workstation contains a network adapter, for example, and you also use the Dial-Up Adapter for remote access, Windows 98 binds TCP/IP to both adapters. If you need TCP/IP on only one adapter, select the instance of the TCP/IP protocol that you don't need, then choose Remove.