Create Your Own Home Networks

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Overview

You have a family computer for e-mail and browsing the Internet. Your son and daughter have their own computer for school work and your spouse has a laptop that he or she brings home from work every day. With your family spread out all over the house on their computers, wouldn't it be nice if you could make them all work together? Create Your Own Home Networks is a unique book that will show you how to make your home computers talk to each other while sharing files, music and printers. The most common networking tasks are presented in project-format that doesn't require any in-depth understanding of computer systems or networks beyond that of a typical computer user. You will learn how to setup your computers to:

  • Share printers, files, and Internet connections
  • IM one another instantly
  • Get your e-mail in and out of your network
  • Create a network jukebox
  • Roam your house with wireless
You'll also get tips on choosing the right networking equipment, hiding wires and patching holes in your drywall, and when to call the pros. Create Your Own Home Networks is all that you need to get started on creating your very own home network.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672328329
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 12/23/2005
  • Series: Create Your Own Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Eli Lazich has been working in the technology industry for over 20 years. With experience on just about every networking system out there—Novell's NetWare, Windows, Unix, and Linux-his technical credentials are impeccable and include numerous certifications. As a member of a multiple computer household and the official "geek on call" for friends and family with computer problems, Eli has a great perspective on the types of questions typical users face. He has a particular interest in PC-driven home entertainment systems.

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Introduction

This book provides you with a guide to some of the most productive, interesting, and just plain fun things you can do with your computers. Many people these days have more than one computer at home and can easily become bewildered by all the possibilities. The topics covered in this book will take you from the basics of computer networking to how to use your computer to accomplish many everyday home networking tasks.

Along the way, this book provides you with enough extra information in the form of sidebars to either pique your interest or satisfy your curiosity, depending on your level of interest in the topic. Because I am firmly convinced that people learn best by actually performing a task rather than simply reading about it, this book provides detailed, step-by-step procedures that show you exactly what to click or type to achieve the desired result. It also provides web links along the way, where appropriate. When you have your home network set up, you can follow these links to get more information.

The most important assumption this book makes is that you are using Windows XP as your operating system and that you are familiar with the basic operation and functionality it offers. This book does not cover any background operating system concepts, but many fine books are available to help you with that sort of information (for example, Sams Teach Yourself Windows XP All in One from Sams Publishing). Most of the projects presented in this book can be accomplished by using what ships (and should be installed) with your copy of Windows XP. Where appropriate, this book tells you where and how to obtain any other software and then describes how to install it.

The five projects described in this book are designed to build on a common foundation. You will first implement a network for your home computers to enable connectivity. You will learn enough background information to understand the underlying rationale for what you are doing. To build on the network foundation, you will then enable sharing of information and devices. In the next project, you will learn how to share music on your network, as well as how to import music from various locations to the computers on your network. This is followed by a project where you will enable instant real-time communications with users on your network as well as the Internet at large. You will then see how to make your home videos available across your network. You'll find guidance on problems that commonly occur in networks and how to resolve them. Finally, the last chapter shows you how to use your computers to create your own website.

You can do many more things with the solutions described in this book. So as you read through these chapters and work through the projects, you should think beyond the projects and look for more, related information, either on your own or with the help of a well-placed Internet search engine query. Finally, because I am a fan of philosophy, I ask that you keep in mind that the journey is the destination.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

1 Understanding basic networking 3
2 Project 1 : making your computers talk to each other 13
3 Project 2 : sharing files, printers, and other stuff on your network 23
4 Project 3 : creating a network jukebox 35
5 Project 4 : instant messaging in and out of your home network 47
6 Project 5 : creating and sharing videotonä your home network ä
7 When your network doesn't work the way it should 73
8 Bonus project : creating your own Website 85
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