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"Picture Yourself Networking Your Home or Small Office" uses photos and diagrams, complemented by extensive and easy-to-follow text, to help any reader network his or her home or small office using wired or wireless technology. With the full-color, visual, tutorial style of the Picture Yourself series, you'll learn how to select and set up Internet connections, servers and workstations, firewall security, and protective software to minimize risks from malicious code. In addition, you'll discover how networking technology can be used to automate your home, boost security of the physical premises, talk to others via IP phone connections, provide entertainment, and more. Each step of the process is covered, including selecting equipment, parts, and tools; wiring and installing the network; and installing and setting up required software.
Introduction; Chapter 1: Assembling Your Network Installation Tool Cache; Chapter 2: Network Design Fundamentals; Chapter 3: Selecting Your Host Servers; Chapter 4: Selecting Peripheral Equipment; Chapter 5: Automating Your Home Network; Chapter 6: Network Operating Systems; Chapter 7: Network Installation Planning and Wiring; Chapter 8: Connecting Your Home Network to the Internet; Chapter 9: Managing Your Network; Chapter 10: Network Security Concepts; Chapter 11: Networking Without the Wires; Chapter 12: Managing Your Firewall; Chapter 13: Security Software; Chapter 14: Installing and Maintaining Network Software Chapter 15: Staying Connected with Mobile Wireless; Appendix A: Mobile Communication Service Providers; Appendix B: Free or Cheap Home or Small-Office Network Software Downloads; Appendix C: Your Window to the World: The World Wide Web