Home Networking Bible 2e

Home Networking Bible 2e

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by Sue Plumley
     
 

Everything you need to know to set up a home network

Is a home network for you? This comprehensive guide covers everything from deciding what type of network meets your needs to setting up the hardware and software, connecting different operating systems, installing the necessary applications, managing the network, and even adding home entertainment devices.

Overview

Everything you need to know to set up a home network

Is a home network for you? This comprehensive guide covers everything from deciding what type of network meets your needs to setting up the hardware and software, connecting different operating systems, installing the necessary applications, managing the network, and even adding home entertainment devices. Fully updated with new material on all the latest systems and methods, it's just what you need to set up your network and keep it running safely and successfully.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of home networking
* Compare the advantages and disadvantages of wired and wireless networks
* Understand how to choose between workgroup and client/server networking
* Learn how to install and set up cables and routers and how to install and configure networking software
* Share files, printers, and a single Internet connection
* Back up files and secure your network
* Set up your own home intranet and understand the technologies involved in creating a Web page
* Manage your network and learn to use tools for locating and repairing problems
* Expand your home network to include your digital camera, scanner, TV, sound system, and even game consoles
* Explore SmartHome technology that allows you to automate various household functions
* Investigate how your network can enable tele-commuting and other remote access capabilities

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Home networks are becoming increasingly popular (see also Computer Media, LJ 10/1/02) as the technology becomes more affordable and easier to set up and as households begin accumulating multiple PCs and other devices. For new users, PC Magazine presents a fairly nonthreatening guide to installing and configuring a new wired or wireless home network (although some sections are a little too background-heavy for absolute beginners). Screen shots, diagrams, and images help clarify concepts, while the discussion of how and why to network various devices illustrates the advantages of connection; appendixes covering multiple network layouts and troubleshooting are particularly helpful. Recommended for all libraries. For beginning to intermediate users, Bible is nicely thorough, yet its very comprehensiveness may overwhelm new networkers. Step-by-step instructions and straightforward prose, explanatory figures and screen shots, clear tips, and appendixes on troubleshooting and telecommuting highly recommend this guide to anyone setting up a home network. Particularly appropriate for larger public libraries serving telecommuters, home businesses, and others needing more heavy-duty networking advice. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764544163
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/06/2004
Series:
Bible Series , #126
Edition description:
Revised and Upd
Pages:
765
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Sue Plumley has owned and operated her own business, Humble Opinions Company, Inc., since 1988. Humble Opinions specializes in network installation, configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting for a variety of small businesses and corporations. Sue also has taught networking and the use of various software applications at the College of West Virginia and Glenville College in West Virginia. In addition, Sue has written and contributed to more than 75 books about networking and computer software for various publishers.

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Even in the years of the dot com crash, PC usage and upgrading has continued unabated, driven by a still relentless Moore's Law. One huge area of this usage has been the home, and Plumley devotes her book to aiding you. Unlike an office environment, you have no IT staff to delegate the gruntwork to. Just you. And her. So she carefully goes over enough technical detail to be intelligible and useful to you. Covering the latest Microsoft operating systems, with accompanying details on the Macintosh and linux. As an aside, the fact that she chose to include linux in a book like this speaks eloquently to its rise in a mass consumer market; no longer confined to server side applications. On your network, she gives extensive information about having a wired or wireless setup. The pros and cons of both. Like a wired net being more secure against evesdropping, and usually having higher bandwidth. But being much more labour intensive to install, and often greater capital costs, compared to having just some WiFi hub. Certainly though, WiFi has been and is one of the bright spots in hi-tech right now, and Plumley walks you through its acronym-filled thicket. She also does not ignore various other devices that can live on your net. Like a PDA or Xbox. Here is a chance for you to test for yourself some of the fabled convergence of computing and entertainment, about which so much has been postulated and invested by others.