Lab 3.1.5 Building a Peer-to-Peer Network

• • Design and build a simple peer-to-peer network using a crossover cable supplied by the instructor.
• • Verify connectivity between the peers using the ping command.
Background / Preparation
In this hands-on lab, you will plan and build a simple peer-to-peer network using two PCs and an Ethernet crossover cable. The following resources are required:
• • Two Window XP Professional PCs, each with an installed and functional Network Interface Card (NIC)
• • An Ethernet crossover cable
Step 1: Diagram the network
1. A network diagram is a map of the logical topology of the network. In the space below, sketch a simple peer-to-peer network connecting two PCs. Label one PC with IP address and the other PC with IP address Use labels to indicate connecting media and any necessary network devices.

1. A simple network like the one you designed can use a hub or switch as a central connecting device, or the PCs may be directly connected. Which kind of cable is required for a direct Ethernet connection between the two PCs? Answere: Straight-through Cables
Step 2: Document the PCs
1. Check the computer name settings for each PC and make adjustments as necessary. For each PC, select Start and Control Panel. Double-click the System icon, then click the Computer Name tab. Write down the computer name that is displayed following Full computer name:

PC1 Name Computer 1
PC2 Name Computer 2
1. Check to see if the two PCs have the same name. If they do, change the name of one PC by clicking the Change button, typing a new name in the Computer name field, then clicking OK.
2. Click OK to close the System Properties window.
3. Why is it important that each PC on a network have a unique name? Answere: because if there are the same name of computer make the failed connections, and this is the rules of connections.
Step 3: Connect the Ethernet cable
1. Use the Ethernet crossover cable provided by the instructor. Plug one end of the cable into the Ethernet NIC of PC1.
2. Plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet NIC of PC2. As you insert the cable, you should hear a click which indicates that the cable connector is properly inserted into the port.
Step 4: Verify physical connectivity
1. After the Ethernet crossover cable is connected to both PCs, take a close look at each Ethernet port. A light (usually green or amber) indicates that physical connectivity has been established between the two NICs. Try unplugging the cable from one PC then reconnecting it to verify that the light goes off then back on.
2. Go to the Control Panel, double click the Network Connections icon, and confirm that the local area connection is established. The following figure shows an active local area connection. If physical connectivity problems exist, you will see a red X over the Local Area Connection icon with the words Network cable unplugged.
3. If the Local Area Connection does not indicate that it is connected, troubleshoot by repeating Steps 3 and 4. You may also want to ask your instructor to confirm that you are using an Ethernet crossover cable.
Step 5: Configure IP settings
1. Configure the logical addresses for the two PCs so that they are able to communicate using TCP/IP. On one of the PCs, go to the Control Panel, double click the Network Connections icon, and then right click the connected Local Area Connection icon. Choose Properties from the pull-down menu.
2. Using the scroll bar in the Local Area Connection Properties window, scroll down to highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Click the Properties button.
3. Select the Use the following IP address radio button and enter the following information:
IP Address Kelas C
Subnet Mask Subnet mask default kelas C
1. Click OK, which will close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window. Click the Close button to exit the Local Area Connection Properties window.
2. Repeat steps 5a – 5d for the second PC using the following information:
IP Address
Subnet Mask
Step 6: Verify IP connectivity between the two PCs
NOTE: To test TCP/IP connectivity between the PCs, Windows Firewall must be disabled temporarily on both PCs. Windows Firewall should be re-enabled after the tests have been completed.
1. On PC1, on the Windows XP desktop, click Start. From the Start menu, select Control Panel, and double-click Network Connections.
2. Right-click the Local Area Connection icon and select Properties. Click the Advanced tab. Locate and click the Settings button.
3. Make a note of whether the firewall settings are ENABLED (ON) for the Ethernet port or DISABLED (OFF) for the Ethernet port.
4. If the firewall settings are enabled, click the Off (not recommended) radio button to disable thefirewall. The setting will be re-enabled in a later step. Click OK in this dialog box and the following to apply this setting.
5. Now that the two PCs are physically connected and configured correctly with IP addresses, we need to make sure they communicate with each other. The ping command is a simple way to accomplish this task. The ping command is included with the Windows XP operating system.
6. On PC1, go to Start, then Run. Type cmd, and then click OK. A Windows command prompt window will appear as shown in the figure below.
7. At the > prompt, type ping and press Enter. A successful ping will verify the IP connectivity. It should produce results similar to those shown in here.
8. Repeat Steps 6a-6c on the second PC. The second PC will ping
9. Close the Windows command prompt window on both PCs.
Step 7: Verify connectivity using My Network Places
1. A PC can share its resources with other PCs on the network. PCs with shared resources should be visible through My Network Places. On PC1, go to Start, click My Network Places, and then click View workgroup computers in the left panel.
2. Do you see an icon for the other PC in your peer-to-peer network? Answere: yes, I do.
3. What is the name of the other PC? Answere: à Cisco 27 and Cisco 28.
4. Is it the same name you recorded in Step 2? Answere: No, it is.
5. Perform Step 7a on the second PC.
6. Close any open windows.
Step 8: (Optional – Use only if the Firewall was originally ENABLED) Re-enable the firewall
1. If you disabled the Windows Firewall in Step 6, click Start, select Control Panel, and open the Network Connections control panel.
2. Right-click the Ethernet network connection icon and select Properties. Click the Advanced tab. Locate and click Settings.
3. If the firewall settings are disabled (and they were enabled before this lab began), click the On radio

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