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Home Networking Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Home Network
     

Home Networking Annoyances: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Home Network

by Kathy Ivens
 

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The beauty of a home network is that it can make life so easy—what could be better than sharing an Internet connection so that everyone can be online at the same time? With home networking you can move files from one computer to another, share resources, print to a single printer or multiple printers from any computer in the house, and IM the kids when they're

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The beauty of a home network is that it can make life so easy—what could be better than sharing an Internet connection so that everyone can be online at the same time? With home networking you can move files from one computer to another, share resources, print to a single printer or multiple printers from any computer in the house, and IM the kids when they're holed up in their rooms. And the downside? Anyone who's ever had to troubleshoot a network glitch doesn't need to ask that question. The simple words, "Why can't I print? Why can't I get to the Internet? Why does my computer say 'Access Denied' today, when it worked fine yesterday?" are enough to send the home network administrator running for cover. And the concept of "network security" can keep the soundest sleeper tossing and turning all night.Currently, more than 8 million homes in the US have installed a network of some kind, and within five years, that number is expected to jump to 37 million. This speaks to the availability of easy-to-install home networking products. Unfortunately, there's also a glut of potential headaches that can occur after installation (and during, sometimes) with no warning label on the box saying, "This product sure to cause annoyances."But help is here. Home Networking Annoyances will ease the headaches and annoyances of anyone who runs a home network. This book tackles all the common annoyances associated with running your network—whether it's wired or wireless, or a combination thereof. Its friendly, off-the-cuff approach will put you in a position of power over those home networking glitches, including file sharing, printing, cabling, security, and much more. You'll find dozens of on-target tips, workarounds, and fixes that will help you improve your home networking experience in every way possible.Whether you're a mainstream business user or a home user with newly installed network hardware, you've probably had your patience tested by frustrating network maintenance issues. Take a stand against annoyances now: just as the bestselling PC Annoyances brought peace and happiness to PC users everywhere, Home Networking Annoyances is your ticket to serenity.

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Life has enough hassles. Your home network shouldn’t be one of them. And, with Home Networking Annoyances, it won’t be.

Ever wonder why one of your PCs won’t join your network? Want to get faster access to the downstairs PC, without so much mouse clicking? What happened to My Network Places in WinXP? Why can’t your old computer see your new printer? Kathy Ivens explains the problems -- and solves them.

Ever discover your neighbor’s PCs on your wireless network, and wonder if he’s browsing yours? Want to stop spending so much on color cartridges now that you’ve given the kids access to your inkjet? Want to use instant messaging within the house? Ivens will come to your rescue -- over and over again. Bill Camarda, from the March 2005 Read Only

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596008086
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
Annoyances Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Ivens has spent more than 20 years as a computer consultant, and has been writing computer books for more than 10 years. As a result, relatives, friends, and neighbors beat a path to her door for help. Thankfully, she has decided to share her pearls of wisdoms with the rest of us. In addition to books, Kathy also writes about computers for a variety of magazines and newspapers, and is a Senior Contributing Editor of Windows IT Pro magazine.

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