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

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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...

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

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Overview

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.

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? "Home Networking Annoyances" will ease the headaches as it tackles all the common annoyances associated with running a network--whether it's wired or wireless, Mac or PC, or a combination thereof.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008086
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Hardware Annoyances

Chapter 2: Software Annoyances

Chapter 3: Network Access Annoyances

Chapter 4: File-Sharing Annoyances

Chapter 5: Network Printing Annoyances

Chapter 6: Shared Internet Connection Annoyances

Chapter 7: Security Annoyances

Chapter 8: Network Maintenance Annoyances

Expanding the Network

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    clear explanations

    A grab-bag of hardware and software fixes. Logically, the book starts with discussing hardware problems. Simply because if you can't overcome some of these, you won't have any software problems. Frankly, this hardware section is the most important part of the book. Grubby, but often occurring issues like how to run ethernet between rooms or floors in a building. It's things like this that make some people opt for wireless connections. Much cleaner and easier, right? Well, Ivens explains that you get other problems. Like a greater risk of evesdropping. Or your wireless transmissions might be blocked by metal objects in your environment. Don't take the 'Home' in the book's title too literally. Much of the book can be germane to you having to set up a network in a workplace. A lot of the book's value is in how Ivens plainly and simply explains the problems and their fixes. In very nontechnical terms that make it clear what you can do to resolve the problems.

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