XP Networking Tutorials

In this tutorial we will configure NetMeeting in Windows XP workgroup network.

NetMeeting is the popular communication software for windows users. NetMeeting lets you share files, folder, whiteboard, text chat, audio and video over the LAN network, intranet or even over the internet. In short NetMeeting is complete network conferencing solution for Windows platform.

By default NetMeeting is hidden on Windows XP. We need to configure it before we can use it.
Click Start Button and click Run

xp run box

In run command box type conf.exe and click OK.

run conf exe

conf.exe command will bring NetMeeting setup wizard. Welcome window of NetMeeting setup wizard tells what it can do for us. By using NetMeeting we can: -

  • Talk to others
  • Use video to see others and let others see us
  • Share applications and documents with others
  • Collaborate with others in shared applications
  • Send files to others
  • Draw with others in a shared Whiteboard
  • Send messages to others in Chat

Click Next

netmeet welcome screen

NetMeeting needs a default user profile for startup. Fill your user details and click Next.

netmeeting user profile

Select Log on to a directory server when NetMeeting starts and click Next

netmeeting wizard log on directory server

NetMeeting supports any types of network connection. In this tutorial we are using NetMeeting in our workgroup network, so we will select Local Area Network and click Next.

netmeeting local area connection

Wizard will create a shortcut to NetMeeting on desktop and Quick Launch bar if we select following options respectively.

Select if you are going to use NetMeeting frequently. Skip if you are going to use NetMeeting rarely. We can access NetMeeting from start menu if we do not select these options here. Make your choice and click Next.

netmeeting setup wizard shortcut option

As we stated earlier in this tutorial, with NetMeeting we can talk with others. For this wizard will adjust audio settings. Close all other programs that use audio such as media player or any other sound playing application and click Next.

netmeeting audio tuneing

Adjust speakers and headphone volume and click Next.

netmeeting audio tuneing

Adjust microphone volume and click Next

netmeeting audio tuneing speaker

Click Finish to close the setup wizard.

netmeeting wizard finish

How to use NetMeeting in Windows XP

Microsoft directory sever works like a telephone directory. It keeps record of all user profile. It allows us to find a user in network. In a local or workgroup network we can omit directory server. In this tutorial we will use NetMeeting without directory server.

Instead of directory server we can use IP address in workgroup network to connect with other system via NetMeeting. To know to the IP address of any XP system follows these steps

Click start button and click Run. In Run command box type command and press enter

run command

Use ipconfig command to check the system IP address. Following figure illustrate output of ipconfig command. Use exit command to close the command prompt.

ipconfig

Now you know how to check the IP address of any XP workgroup system. Let’s start NetMeeting.

NetMeeting checks Microsoft Internet Directory server on startup. If it does not find any directory server, it will display following message. Click OK to ignore this message

directory server not found

NetMeeting options Used for
Place call Call someone in network
End call Ends an active call
Find Someone in a Directory Search users in directory
Start video Start a video conference
Adjust Audio volume Adjust speaker volume
Chat Start a chat session
Share program Share application software
Whiteboard Start a shared whiteboard
Transfer files Share files

netmeeting

How to place a call in NetMeeting

Click Place call button. Enter IP address of remote computer and select automatic from drop down and click call

netmeeting place a call

How to receive a call in NetMeeting

NetMeeting will pop up a notification window for incoming call. Accept the incoming call

netmeeting incoming call

All active connections are visible on main screen.

netmeeting active call

Once connection is established you can enjoy all NetMeeting goodies with connected person.