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Mike Wolf's extensive knowledge of the home networking industry is clearly laid out for everyone learn from. Aimed at beginner to moderate level home network enthusiast, this book is both easy to read and surprisingly thorough. Humor is interjected throughout to keep things from getting too dry.
Starting with understanding and planning a network, Mike guides us through the entire home networking process including how to make a purchasing decision and installation. Once your LAN is up and running, the book explores the world of network gadgets, multi-player gaming, and audio/video applications.
This is the first book that covers Windows XP networking from the home network standpoint. The book does a great job with not only Windows XP, but Windows 95,98,ME too. In addition, an entire chapter is devoted to folks with both Mac's and PC's that connecting. Linux is not covered, but it would have been hard to squeeze that kind of info into just a chapter or two.
Another topic the books covers well is selecting a broadband provider. Not all broadband technologies are made equal and Mike helps you decode techie and sales talk into meaningful information. Again, the info in the chapter is timely and explains the differences between Cable, DSL, Satellite, and fixed wireless services.
Speed!: Understanding and Installing Home Networks is definitely on the HomeNetHelp MUST READ list.