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Home Networking
Solutions
Using the HomePNA modem with
Sony VAIO® Computers
The information contained in this manual supercedes related information and instructions that may be
contained in your VAIO® Computer User Guide or VAIO® Computer QuickStart (Model-specific).
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Safety Information
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To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose your desktop to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
Never install modem or telephone wiring
during a lightning storm.
Never install telephone jacks in wet
locations unless the jack is specifically
designed for wet locations.
Never touch uninsulated telephone wire or
terminals unless the telephone line has
been disconnected at the network
interface.
Use caution when installing or modifying
telephone lines.
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Avoid using the modem during an
electrical storm.
Do not use the modem or a telephone to
report a gas leak in the vicinity of the leak.
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Caution: For ADSL, HomePNA,
and V.90 modem models; to
reduce the risk of fire, use only
No. 26 AWG or larger
telecommunication line cord.
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Pour prévenir tout risque d’incendie ou
d’électrocution, garder cet appareil à
l’abri de la pluie et de l’humidité.
Pour prévenir tout risque d’électrocution,
ne pas ouvrir le châssis de cet appareil et
ne confier son entretien qu’à une personne
qualifiée.
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation de fil
modem ou téléphone durant un orage
électrique.
Ne jamais effectuer l’installation d’une
prise téléphonique dans un endroit
mouillé à moins que la prise soit conçue à
cet effet.
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Ne jamais toucher un fil téléphonique à
découvert ou un terminal à moins que la
ligne téléphonique n’ait été débranché de
l’interface réseau.
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Soyez très prudent lorsque vous installez
ou modifiez les lignes téléphoniques.
Évitez d’utiliser le modem durant un
orage électrique.
N'utilisez pas le modem ni le téléphone
pour prévenir d'une fuite de gaz vous êtes
près de la fuite.
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Attention : Pour ADSL,
HomePNA, et V.90 modele
modem; afin de réduire les
risques d'incendie, n'utilisez
qu'un cordon de communication
N0. 26 AWG ou plus gros.
For questions regarding your product or for the
Sony Service Center nearest you, call
1-888-476-6972 in the United States or
1-800-961-7669 in Canada.
Sony Customer Support can be reached at
http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
FCC Part 68
This equipment complies with Part 68 of the
FCC rules. The FCC Ringer Equivalence
Number (REN) for this equipment is 0.0B. If
requested, this information must be provided to
the telephone company.
This modem uses the USOC RJ-11 telephone
jack.
The REN is used to determine the quantity of
devices which may be connected to the
telephone line. Excessive RENs on the
telephone line may result in the devices not
ringing in response to an incoming call. In
most, but not all areas, the sum of the RENs
should not exceed five (5.0). To be certain of the
number of devices that may be connected to the
line, as determined by the total RENs, contact
the telephone company to determine the
maximum REN for the calling area.
If the terminal equipment causes harm to the
telephone network, the telephone company will
notify you in advance that temporary
discontinuance of service may be required. But
if advance notice is not practical, the telephone
company will notify the customer as soon as
possible. Also, you will be advised of your right
to file a complaint with the FCC if you believe
it is necessary.
The telephone company may make changes in
its facilities, equipment, operations or
procedures that could affect the operations of
the equipment. If this happens, the telephone
company will provide advance notice in order
for you to make the necessary modifications in
order to maintain uninterrupted service.
If trouble is experienced with this modem, for
repair or warranty information, please contact
1-888-4SONYPC, or write to the Sony
Customer Information Center, 12451 Gateway
Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913. If the trouble is
causing harm to the telephone network, the
telephone company may request that you
remove the equipment from the network until
the problem is resolved.
Repair of this equipment should be made only
by a Sony Service Center or Sony authorized
agent. For the Sony Service Center nearest you,
call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972).
This equipment cannot be used on public coin
service provided by the telephone company.
Connection to Party Line Service is subject to
state and possible provincial tariffs. (Contact
the state or provincial utility service
commission, public service commission, or
corporation commission for information.)
Telephone Consumer Protection Act
of 1991 (United States)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of
1991 makes it unlawful for any person to use a
computer or other electronic device to send any
message via a telephone facsimile machine
unless such message clearly contains, in a
margin at the top or bottom of each transmitted
page or on the first page of the transmission, the
date and time it is sent and an identification of
the business, other entity, or individual sending
the message, and the telephone number of the
sending machine or such business, other entity,
or individual.
In order to program this information into your
facsimile machine, see your fax software
documentation.
Telephone Consumer Guidelines
(Canada)
Please refer to your telephone directory under
‘Privacy Issues’ and/or ‘Terms of Service.’ For
more detailed information, please contact:
CRTC
Terrasses de la Chaudiére, Tour centrale
1 promenade du Portage, 5 étage Hull PQ K1A
0N2.
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INDUSTRY CANADA NOTICE
NOTICE: The Industry Canada label identifies
certified equipment. This certification means
that the equipment meets certain
telecommunications network protective,
operational and safety requirements as
prescribed in the appropriate Terminal
Equipment Technical Requirements
document(s). The Department does not
guarantee the equipment will operate to the
users satisfaction.
Before installing this equipment, users should
ensure that it is permissible to be connected to
the facilities of the local telecommunications
company. The equipment must also be installed
using an acceptable method of connection.
The customer should be aware that compliance
with the above conditions may not prevent
degradation of service in some situations.
Repairs to certified equipment should be
coordinated by a representative designated by
the supplier. Equipment malfunctions or any
repairs or alterations made by the user to this
equipment may give the telecommunications
company cause to request that the user
disconnect the equipment.
Users should ensure for their own protection
that the electrical ground connections of the
power utility, telephone lines and internal
metallic water pipe system, if present, are
connected together. This precaution may be
particularly important in rural areas.
CAUTION: Users should not attempt to make
such connections themselves, but should
contact the appropriate electrical inspection
authority, or electrician, as appropriate.
NOTICE: The Ringer Equivalence Number
(REN) assigned to each terminal device
provides an indication of the maximum number
of terminals allowed to be connected to a
telephone interface. The termination on an
interface may consist of any combination of
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devices subject only to the requirement that the
sum of the Ringer Equivalence Numbers of all
the devices does not exceed 5. The Ringer
Equivalence Number for this equipment is
0.0B.
AVIS DE L’INDUSTRIE CANADA
AVIS: L’étiquette d’Industrie Canada identifie
le matériel homologué.
Cette étiquette certifie que le matériel est
conforme aux normes de protection,
d’exploitation et de sécurité des réseaux de
télécommunications, comme le prescrivent les
documents concernant les exigences techniques
relatives au matériel terminal. Le Ministère
n’assure toutefois pas que le matériel
fonctionnera à la satisfaction de l’utilisateur.
Avant d’installer ce matériel, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer qu’il est permis de le raccorder aux
installations de l’entreprise locale de
télécommunication. Le matériel doit également
être installé en suivant une méthode acceptée de
raccordement. L’abonné ne doit pas oublier
qu’il est possible que la conformité aux
conditions énoncées ci-dessus n’empêche pas la
dégradation du service dans certaines
situations.
Les réparations de matériel homologué doivent
être coordonnées par un représentant désigné
par le fournisseur. L’entreprise de
télécommunications peut demander à
l’utilisateur de débrancher un appareil à la suite
de réparations ou de modifications effectuées
par l’utilisateur ou à cause de mauvais
fonctionnement.
Pour sa propre protection, l’utilisateur doit
s’assurer que tous les fils de mise à la terre de la
source d’énergie électrique, des lignes
téléphoniques et des canalisations d’eau
métalliques, s’il y en a, sont raccordés
ensemble. Cette précaution est particulièrement
importante dans les régions rurales.
Avertissement: L’utilisateur ne doit pas tenter
de faire ces raccordements lui-même; il doit
avoir recours à un service d’inspection des
installations électriques, ou à un électricien,
selon le cas.
AVIS: L’indice d’équivalence de la sonnerie
(IES) assigné à chaque dispositif terminal
indique le nombre maximal de terminaux qui
peuvent être raccordés à une interface.
La terminaison d’une interface téléphonique
peut consister en une combination de quelques
dispositifs, à la seule condition que la somme
d’indices d’équivalence de la sonnerie de tous
les dispositifs n’excède pas 5. L’indice
d’équivalence de la sonnerie de ce matériel est
de 0.0B.
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About Home Networking
Home Networking is an innovative way to share devices, programs and
technology between the computers in your home. Advancements in
personal computer and telecommunications technologies have opened
the door to home networking. This manual provides information on how to
link your Sony VAIO® computers, using a Home Phoneline Networking
Alliance (HomePNA) modem and HomePNA technology.
Understanding HomePNA Technology
The HomePNA standard uses frequency division multiplexing (FDM) to use the
same phone line for voice and data transmission. This enables network access for
any compatible HomePNA device that can be plugged into a phone jack (RJ-11)
in your home.
Benefits
When your home computers are combined in a network, they can share Internet
access and peripheral equipment such as scanners or printers. The following are
some of the benefits of using HomePNA technology:
❑ No new wiring is required to get up and running. You can use existing phone
lines already in your home.
❑ You do not need to install additional software on your home computers to
create a network. You can use the Microsoft® Windows® Millennium
Edition (Windows Me™) operating system already installed on your VAIO
computer(s) to configure your network.
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Your older computers can be included in your home network as easily as the
newer models.
You can operate your telephone and fax machine as usual, while the network
is in operation.
You can connect up to 25 compatible HomePNA devices to your home
network.
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To Set Up Your
Home Network
The HomePNA modem that is installed in your Sony VAIO® computer is
designed to use the existing phone lines in your home to establish a
closed home network. This section provides information on setting up a
home network using your VAIO computer.
Evaluating your system requirements
Your VAIO computer is configured to serve as the gateway to the Internet using
the installed V.90 modem or your own Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or cable
modem (optional). You can also gain access to the Internet using your Integrated
Service Digital Network (ISDN) connection or regular analog voice telephone
service.
If your home is equipped with two separate phone lines, such as separate business
and personal phone service, you must create your home network on a single line.
All linked computers on your home network must be plugged into telephone
jacks that are extensions of one telephone service line. If you attempt to set up
your home network using two separate phone lines, the computers cannot share
data and peripheral equipment.
✍ For the best results, Sony suggests using Microsoft® Windows® Millennium Edition
(Windows Me™) operating system on all of your home network computers.
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Basic system requirements
The basic system requirements are as follows:
❑ Microsoft Windows Me™
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Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
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Each computer system on the network must be able to connect to a standard
telephone jack (RJ-11).
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Each computer requires an installed HomePNA device.
✍ If any of your linked computers is running the Windows 98 operating system, you
need to create a setup disk to install the Internet Connection Sharing feature. See step
10 in the section, “To establish your home network.’’
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Configuring your home network
Configuring your home network
The basic configuration setup presumes that your VAIO® computer is set up to
work correctly with your type of telephone access and your Internet Service
Provider (ISP). Any method of connecting to the Internet provides access to all of
the linked computers.
Your VAIO computer connects to the phone lines in your home using a standard
telephone wall jack. Add each computer to the network individually, by plugging
each one into a separate wall jack.
Home network configuration
Computer
(Linked)
Telephone jack
(RJ-11)
HomePNA
device
(installed)
Shared printer
Modem cable
Computer
(Linked)
Telephone jack
(RJ-11)
HomePNA
device
(installed)
VAIO Digital Studio computer
(Internet gateway)
Modem cable
Telephone jack
(RJ-11)
Modem cable
(supplied)
HomePNA device
(installed)
Network
Interface
Device
Out to Internet
via
Public Switched
Telephone Network
(PSTN)
✍ In a home network system, some peripheral equipment, such as a printer, can be
shared among all linked computers regardless of where it is attached. The data from
your peripheral equipment is also available to all linked computers on the home
network.
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Connecting your HomePNA modem
The HomePNA modem installed in your VAIO computer has a single jack
(RJ-11). Each computer on your home network requires installation of a
compatible HomePNA device.
To install a HomePNA device, refer to the documentation that accompanied your
computer(s) and the installation instructions that accompanied the HomePNA
device(s).
After you have installed a compatible HomePNA device(s) into your
computer(s), follow the instructions in this section to connect each computer to a
separate telephone wall jack.
✍ For a complete list of compatible HomePNA devices, visit the VAIO Direct Web site at:
http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio.
To connect the modem cable
1
Unplug your telephone from the wall jack.
2
Plug one end of the modem cable (supplied) into the wall jack.
3
Plug the other end of the modem cable into the modem jack on your
computer.
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Connecting your HomePNA modem
Connecting the modem cable
Setting up for telephone and
Internet access (Optional)
VAIO computer
Optional:
1-to-2 jack adapter
(splitter)
Telephone cable
Modem cable
(supplied)
Modem cable
(supplied)
HomePNA modem jack
Telephone jack
(wall outlet)
If you want to use a single wall jack for your computer’s Internet access and for a
standard telephone, you can use an optional 1-to-2 jack adapter (splitter) in the
telephone wall jack to accommodate both lines. If you choose to use a splitter:
1
Plug the splitter into the telephone wall jack.
2
Plug your telephone cable into one jack on the splitter.
3
Plug the modem cable (supplied) into the other jack on the splitter.
4
Plug the other end of the modem cable into the modem jack on your
computer.
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Linking Computers and Peripheral Devices
Your VAIO® computer uses the Windows Me™ operating system, which
automates the process of linking other computers and peripheral devices on your
home network. Windows Me simplifies network sharing of a single Internet
connection across a home network.
✍ Your VAIO computer serves as your central gateway for Internet access, using the
preinstalled V.90 modem.
To set up your VAIO computer
1
From the desktop, click My Network Places. The My Network Places
window appears.
2
Click Home Networking Wizard. The initial Home Networking Wizard
screen appears.
Home Networking Wizard screen (Initial view)
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Linking Computers and Peripheral Devices
3
Click Next. From the wizard’s Internet Connection screen, select the Yes
option, which establishes your VAIO computer as the Internet gateway for
your home network.
Select “A direct connection to my ISP using the following device:” from the
second level options. From the drop-down list, choose the service or device
by which you connect to the Internet.
✍ The drop-down list includes the HomePNA modem, the Ethernet card, and any
Internet connections you may have configured.
Internet Connection screen (Home Networking Wizard)
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4
Click Next. From the wizard’s Internet Connection Sharing screen, select the
Yes option. From the drop-down list, select “BCM HPNA 10Mbps NIC.”
Internet Connection Sharing screen (Home Networking Wizard)
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Click Next. From the wizard’s Establishing Internet Connection screen, you
can choose the Yes option to enable the other linked computers to
independently connect to the Internet using your VAIO computer. If you use
a dial-up method with the HomePNA modem, you are prompted to provide
your user name and password.
If you select the No option, you can restrict Internet access for the other
linked computers until you manually connect to the Internet using your
VAIO computer.
Establishing Internet connection screen (Home Networking Wizard)
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Linking Computers and Peripheral Devices
6
Click Next. From the wizard’s Computer and workgroup names screen,
establish a unique name for your computer and for the network group to
which it belongs. The unique computer and workgroup names identify each
computer on your home network. All computers on your home network must
be assigned to the same workgroup.
The default name for your Internet gateway computer is VAIO. If any other
computer on your home network has the same name, neither computer is
able to connect to the home network.
The default workgroup name is MSHOME. If your computers are assigned
to different workgroup names, they cannot be linked together on your home
network.
Computer and workgroup names screen (Home Networking Wizard)
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Click Next. From the wizard’s Share files and printers screen, you can set
your file and printer sharing preferences. When you share your My
Documents folder, the default setting permits full access by other users on
your home network. Other users can add, delete, or modify the contents of
your My Documents folder. To restrict access to My Documents, you can
specify a password.
Share files and printers screen (Home Networking Wizard)
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If you choose to share the My Documents folder without specifying a
password and attempt to continue to the next wizard screen, a pop-up
message box prompts you to set a password. Click OK to return to the Share
files and printers screen where you can specify a password, or click Next to
continue. The pop-up message box does not appear again.
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To share a printer(s) with other linked computers, select from the displayed
list of available printers.
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10 Click Next. From the wizard’s Home Networking Setup disk screen, you can
create a setup disk for other linked computers that use the Windows® 98
operating system.
Home Networking Setup disk screen (Home Networking Wizard)
If all of your linked computers are running Windows Me, you do not need to
create a setup disk. To finish setting up your VAIO computer, follow these
steps:
1
Click Next.
2
Click Finish to close the Home Networking Wizard.
3
Restart your computer.
Creating a setup disk
To create a setup disk, follow these steps:
1
Select the Yes option on the Home Networking Setup disk screen. Click
Next.
2
You are prompted to insert a preformatted 3.5” floppy disk into the
computer’s floppy disk drive. Click Next.
3
Wait for the floppy disk to finish setting up.
4
Click Next and then click Finish.
5
Remove the floppy disk and restart your computer.
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Additional Information on Configuring
your Home Network
The process for linking other computers may vary, based on the operating system
in use on individual computers. You can establish and manage your home
network with computers that run various Microsoft® Windows® operating
systems. However, Sony recommends that all linked computers use the Windows
Me™ operating system. For best results, consult the documentation that
accompanied the specific computer(s) and the specific HomePNA device(s).
General Guidelines:
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The steps for configuring any computer running the Windows Me operating
system are similar to the instructions provided in this manual. For specific
information, consult the documentation that accompanied the HomePNA
device.
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To set up home network configuration for computers running the Windows®
98 operating system, you can create a setup disk when you configure your
VAIO computer.
When you configure your Sony VAIO® computer with the direct Internet
connection for the home network, you must select the No option on the
Home Networking Wizard’s Internet Connection screen.
When you assign each computer name, it must be unique to the individual
computer. If any computer on your home network has the same name,
neither computer can connect to the network. Naming your computers by
location or function is an efficient way to easily identify the components of
your home network.
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When you assign a workgroup name, you must use the same workgroup
name with each linked computer on your home network. If your computers
are assigned to different workgroup names, they cannot be linked together on
your home network.
If your home is equipped with two separate phone lines, such as separate
business and personal phone service, you must create your home network on
a single line. All linked computers on your home network must be plugged
into telephone jacks that are extensions of one telephone service line. If your
home network is set up using two separate phone lines, the linked computers
are not able to communicate or share data and peripheral equipment.
Managing your Home Network
Managing your Home Network
The instructions in this section are intended as guidelines for your VAIO
computer running the Windows Me™ operating system. These guidelines may
vary for the other linked computers in your home network, depending on the
HomePNA device and the Windows® operating system installed in the specific
computer. For best results, consult the documentation that accompanied your
HomePNA device and your computer’s operating system.
To share access to peripheral devices
✍ You must establish sharing permissions before attempting to share access to data or
a peripheral device.
Sharing a printer
To use a printer that is attached to a different computer on your home network,
follow these steps:
1
On the computer that has the printer installed, configure the printer settings
for shared access. Refer to the documentation that accompanied your other
computer for specific instructions.
2
On your VAIO computer, configure a network printer as follows:
1
From the desktop, click My Computer.
2
Click Control Panel and then click Printers. The Printers window
appears.
3
Click Add Printer. The Add Printer Wizard appears.
4
Click Next. Select the Network Printer option.
5
From the displayed list, choose the printer you wish to access.
6
Click Next. You may be prompted for the installation disk or CD that
came with the printer.
When a printer has been added to a linked computer, the printer functions like a
network printer that is connected directly to your VAIO computer.
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To set up data sharing permissions (Windows Me)
To set up data sharing permission on linked computers that are running the
Windows Me operating system, follow these steps:
1
Right-click on the hard drive or folder to be shared.
2
Click Sharing. The Properties dialog box appears.
3
Select the Shared As option and insert the following information:
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Type in the name of the hard drive or folder as you want it to appear to
other users on your home network.
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Select the Access Type option.
If necessary, set a password to control the selected Access Type.
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Data access options
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Read-Only access — This option permits other users to open and view your
files, but not to modify them. Other users are not permitted to edit, delete or
insert files when the folder is marked as Read-Only.
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Full access — This enables full access to files and folders by any user on
your home network. All users are permitted to add, delete, modify and
rename files and folders.
Password-protected access — You can specify a password to allow either
Read-Only or Full access.
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To set up data sharing permissions
(Other Windows operating systems)
For information on establishing data sharing permissions for your linked
computers that are not running the Windows Me operating system, consult the
documentation that accompanied the computer or the specific operating system.
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To access shared data
You can access shared data from one computer using a different computer, both
computers must be turned on. To access peripheral equipment that is connected to
one computer while you are using a different computer, the device must be turned
on and properly connected and both computers must be turned on.
If you would like to access data from another computer on your home network,
follow these steps:
1
Click My Network Places, select Entire Network, and then click on your
workgroup. The default workgroup name is MSHOME.
2
A list of all linked computers on your home network is displayed.
In order to appear as a connected unit on your home network, each
computer:
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needs to have a HomePNA device installed,
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must be plugged into a telephone wall jack,
has the appropriate software properly installed and configured,
is sharing at least one folder or device.
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3
Navigate to the file or folder you want to access, and open the file or folder.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve common problems you may
encounter when using your HomePNA modem. Many problems have
simple solutions, so try these suggestions before you call Sony Customer
Support.
Topics
Topic: Why can’t I see the other computers on my home network?
Your VAIO® computer and each connected computer must be configured
correctly to work on your home network.
❑
Verify that all linked computers are turned on and properly connected to your
home network.
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If the HomePNA device(s) has an indicator light, verify that it is lit.
Verify that you have properly installed the HomePNA device(s) on each
computer(s). Review the documentation that came with each specific
HomePNA device.
Interference from other devices may be causing the problem. Try
disconnecting any telephones or fax machines you may have connected to
your computer(s).
Try locating another linked computer by following these steps:
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1
From the Start menu, click Find, and then select Computer.
2
Type in a unique computer name you have previously assigned to
another computer, and click Find Now.
Topic: Why isn’t my Internet connection working?
Your Internet connection can vary, depending on your ISP and equipment status.
❑ Verify that your VAIO computer is turned on.
❑ Contact your ISP directly to check for technical difficulties in your service
area.
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Topic: How do I access the Internet from another computer on my home
network?
You can access the Internet from another linked computer on your home network,
if you have properly configured your VAIO computer for Internet Connection
Sharing (ICS). See step 4 in the section, “Linking Computers and Peripheral
Devices.’’
Topic: Why isn’t my network printer visible to all linked computers on my home
network?
You can establish a network printer by configuring the printer’s sharing
permission.
❑ Verify that the linked computer and the attached printer are both turned on.
❑
❑
Check that the printer is properly configured as a “Shared” printer.
If your printer is attached to your VAIO computer, verify that the latest
Windows Me printer drivers are installed.
✍ Always check the printer manufacturer's Web site for the latest printer drivers for
Windows Me™. Some printers do not function properly without updated drivers.
Topic: Why can’t I print to my network printer?
You may need to update the printer driver(s) for your printer. If the problem is
with the printer itself, consult the documentation that accompanied your printer
for more detailed information.
Topic: How do I change my Internet sharing settings?
You can change your Internet Connection Sharing settings in the Home
Networking Wizard. To access the Home Networking Wizard, follow these steps:
1
From the desktop, click My Network Places. The My Network Places
window appears.
2
Click Home Networking Wizard. The Home Networking Wizard dialog box
appears.
3
Follow the onscreen instructions to the Internet Connection Sharing screen
and make your desired changes.
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Topics
Topic: How do I change my network settings?
To change your network settings, follow these steps:
1
From the desktop, right-click My Network Places and select Properties from
the shortcut menu.
2
Confirm that the following components are installed:
❑
Client for Microsoft Networks
❑
❑
BCM HPNA 10 Mbps NIC
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
❑
TCP/IP -> BCM HPNA 10 Mbps NIC
You can add, edit, or remove any of these network settings.
Topic: How do I enable the Shared Level Access option?
❑
On the Configuration tab of the Network Properties window, make sure that
your primary network logon is set to Client for Microsoft Networks.
❑
Your personal Web server PC or Microsoft Front Page may require you to
choose a user level for security reasons.
Additional Information
To learn more about the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HomePNA) and
how to set up a home network, visit the HomePNA Web site at
http://www.homepna.org.
To learn more about your Sony VAIO® computer and the installed HomePNA
modem, visit the Sony VAIO Direct Web site at http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio.
To Reach Sony
For further assistance, call 1-888-4SONYPC (1-888-476-6972) or visit Sony
Customer Support at http://www.sony.com/pcsupport.
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Home Networking Solutions
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Specifications
Broadcom® BCM4211 Technology/V.90 compatible data/fax modem
Supported cable types
Standard household telephone wiring: Twisted copper-pair based
systems, using No. 26 AWG telecommunication line cord.
Connecting phone cables and wall jacks requires RJ-11
connectors and jacks.
Standards Compatibility HomePNA 1.0 / 2.0
Modem
Data Transfer Speed
V.90 compatible data/fax modem
Voltage
3.3 V supply, 3/5V PCI I/O
10 Mbps (HomePNA)
56 Kbps / 14.4 Kbps*
* Maximum speed for faxing is 14.4 Kilobits per second (Kbps). Your modem is capable of
downloading at 56 Kbps using V.90. Your phone service, online service, or Internet Service
Provider, however, may not support this technology or operate at this speed.
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