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Review of the Intel® AnyPoint™ Home Network
Last updated: 07/29/03

SOFTWARE INSTALLATION.  Once the hardware is setup, and assuming there are no problems, software installation is easy a straight forward.  If you are going to share an Internet connection, there are two types of ICS installations: Server and Client.  The Server PC is the one with the with the MODEM and connectivity to the Internet; the rest of the PCs on the network are ICS Clients.  Before starting to install the Server, be sure that the Internet hardware is installed and operates correctly with the AnyPoint hardware installed.  Disconnect from the Internet and put the AnyPoint CD in your CD-ROM drive.  After waiting a little bit, you should see a menu to begin the installation.  Click install and follow the instructions.  It's as simple as that.  All of the networking software is installed almost entirely automatically.  About all one has to do is tell setup which Internet connection to use, if there is more than one, and assign the PC a network name and workgroup.

After the software is installed and the computer has rebooted, a Wizard steps you through sharing disk drives and printers.  After connecting more computers to the network or when shared resources on the network change, the wizard reappears at boot-up to assist in mapping drives.

 

I can't really show these menus in total because they are to large for a Web page.  Let me say they form the easiest system for sharing and mapping network resources I have ever seen.  The process is almost totally automatic. However, you may want to change the permissions on your primary hard disk or selected file folders from the default "Read Only" to "Write/Read/Delete."

The AnyPoint Adapter has two LEDs on the front.  As you boot the computer you should see the green one at the top start blinking and then  stay on all of the time after computer establishes communications with the adapter.  The amber LED below should start blinking when the PC is booted all the way up.  It indicates that the PC sending or receiving data.

Except for the omission of the requirement for Installing the Internet, software installation on Client PCs is similar and even simpler.  Clients can be installed from the CD or floppies if they do not have a CD-ROM.  A floppy version of the client software can be installed on three blank floppies by putting the AnyPoint CD in a CD-ROM drive and selecting "Create Disks."

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