Orator Networking

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Many users find it useful to connect a Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer to their Orator system via a network connection. Here are the necessary steps to completing this task.

Starting on your Windows 2000 PC (not the Orator):

Right-click on the “My Network Places” icon, on the desktop, and choose PROPERTIES from the drop-down menu. A window will appear:


In this window you see a single Local Area Connection (LAN). Right-click on the Local Area Connection icon and choose PROPERTIES from the drop-down menu. A new window will appear:


Configure TCP/IP for you network card. In the list at right we would double-click on “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” to open the following window:


Specify the IP address exactly as it appears in the example. Click OK.


Now verify that the network-naming scheme is correct. Right-click on the “My Computer” icon at the top-left corner of the screen (desktop), then choose PROPERTIES from the drop-down list that appears. The following window will appear:

Now, choose the Network Identification tab at the top of the window. You will then see the following:


Be certain that the computer name is different from “ORATOR” and the workgroup name is identical (in this example “WORKGROUP” must be used on all computers). You can make changes to the Computer Name and the Workgroup Name by clicking the Properties button. Note: The Orator system already has a Workgroup name of “WORKGROUP” so use this workgroup name on this PC as well if possible. Click OK and the computer will request a restart if changes were made.


Now, let’s move over to the Orator system. Look at the following screen as a guide for opening Computer Management:

Computer Management looks like this:


Notice that we’ve selected the Users folder in the left pane and a user list has appeared in the right pane. In the above example the user “Guest” has no red X on it, indicating that it is enabled. All systems ship with this user disabled.

Double-Click on the user and a properties window will appear:


Notice that the “Account is disabled” check box is unchecked. Uncheck your box and click OK.

Now let’s set the IP address for this system so that the two computers will talk to each other with the same protocol. Right-click on Network Places icon on the desktop and choose PROPERTIES from the drop-down menu. A window will appear with “Local Area Connection” listed. Double-click on this Icon. A window opens with network components listed similar to that seen on the other networked Windows 2000 system.

Double-click on the “Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)” component. The following window appears:


Configure the IP address manually to make your properties appear the same as that in the window shown. Click OK.

Finally, you want to make the Orator E: drive a sharable resource so that the networked PC can see it in its Network Places and you can map a drive to it. Double-click on My Computer icon to see a list of system drives. In the window, right-click on the E: drive and choose PROPERTIES from the drop-down menu. A window appears with tabs across the top. Click on the “Sharing” tab, and then click the “New Share” button at the bottom of the window. The following window appears:


In the Share Name field create a new share name of “E” and click OK. Then close any remaining windows on screen.

That should do it. You now have access to the E: drive on the Orator, using TCP/IP protocol as a Guest on the Orator computer, a part of the workgroup named “Workgroup”. When you double-click the My Network Places icon on the networked Windows 2000 system you’ll see the Orator E: drive listed as a shared resource. Right-click on the icon and choose Map Network Drive from the drop-down list. A drive letter will be assigned in the next window so that every time you double-click on that drive letter in the future, E: drive on the Orator will appear. When you do open the E: drive you’ll see the Dictation Files folder listed. Open this folder to find the Browser.exe program we discussed. You can right-click on this Browser.exe program and choose Send To->Desktop (create shortcut) and a shortcut to the Orator Browser will be placed on your Windows desktop.