Network Know-How: An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin

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Are the machines in your office living isolated lives? Do you have a few computers at home that you want to connect to each other and the Internet? The best way to share files on a group of computers is to create a network. But how do you do that?

Network Know-How is your guide to connecting your machines, filled with practical advice that will show you how to get things done. You'll learn the nitty-gritty of network setup, design, and maintenance, from running cables and ...

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Overview

Are the machines in your office living isolated lives? Do you have a few computers at home that you want to connect to each other and the Internet? The best way to share files on a group of computers is to create a network. But how do you do that?

Network Know-How is your guide to connecting your machines, filled with practical advice that will show you how to get things done. You'll learn the nitty-gritty of network setup, design, and maintenance, from running cables and placing wireless access points to configuring file sharing and printing. This practical and comprehensive guide will teach you how to implement security, create intranets, and more. You'll learn how to:

  • Connect Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers
  • Implement network addressing
  • Configure your network adapters, hubs, switches, and router
  • Share music, photos, and documents
  • Automate household appliances and stream digital audio and video to your home entertainment center
  • Troubleshoot network slowdowns and failures

No matter which operating system you use, and even if you've never installed or run a network before, you'll get what you need to know in Network Know-How..

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593271916
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,381,939
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), Wiring Home Networks (Sunset Books), and The Book of Wireless (No Starch Press).

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Table of Contents

Dedication

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: HOW A NETWORK WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Chapter 2: TYPES OF NETWORK CONNECTIONS

Chapter 3: HUBS, SWITCHES, AND ROUTERS

Chapter 4: HOW COMPUTER NETWORKS ARE ORGANIZED

Chapter 5: DESIGNING YOUR NETWORK

Chapter 6: INSTALLING THE NETWORK CONTROL CENTER AND ETHERNET CABLES

Chapter 7: ETHERNET NETWORK INTERFACES

Chapter 8: WI-FI NETWORKS

Chapter 9: FILE SERVERS

Chapter 10: CONNECTING YOUR NETWORK TO THE INTERNET

Chapter 11: CONNECTING YOUR COMPUTER TO A NETWORK

Chapter 12: SHARING FILES THROUGH YOUR NETWORK

Chapter 13: NETWORK SECURITY

Chapter 14: PRINTERS AND OTHER DEVICES ON YOUR NETWORK

Chapter 15: OTHER THINGS YOU CAN CONNECT TO YOUR NETWORK

Chapter 16: OTHER NETWORK APPLICATIONS

Chapter 17: TROUBLESHOOTING

COLOPHON

UPDATES

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