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Share stuff safely and wirelessly on Windows PCs or Mac OS X machines

Why go wireless? It's easy, convenient, inexpensive, and, with the emergence of new industry standards, better than ever! These experts know what you should look for (and look out for). They'll walk you through the pros and cons of the different standards, planning and ...

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Share stuff safely and wirelessly on Windows PCs or Mac OS X machines

Why go wireless? It's easy, convenient, inexpensive, and, with the emergence of new industry standards, better than ever! These experts know what you should look for (and look out for). They'll walk you through the pros and cons of the different standards, planning and installing your network, setting up security, and getting the most from your investment.

Discover how to:

  • Choose the right networking equipment
  • Integrate Bluetooth® into your network
  • Work with servers, gateways, routers, and switches
  • Protect your network from intruders
  • Understand 802.11n
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Why do you want a wireless network? To share files, printers, and broadband Internet connections without tripping over wires? To set up a housewide music (or maybe even video) server? For multiplayer gaming? Or maybe you want to run a “home cam” that’ll always show you what’s going on downstairs?

Whatever the reason, wireless networks are now practical for just about everyone. But they’re not yet idiot-proof. It’s still possible to buy the wrong stuff, and/or fail to get it working right, and/or transmit your data where it oughtn’t go. Do it right the first time, without getting deluged in jargon or technotrivia. Read Wireless Home Networking for Dummies.

Chapters 1 and 2 gives you the lay of the land (or should we say, air). You’ll first take a high-level look at what you’ll be able to do with your wireless network. Once you’re salivating, the authors compare the pros and cons of wireless (no holes to drill) vs. wired (never conflicts with your microwave oven) networks.

The authors also tell you all you need to know about the multiple 802.11 standards out there (not much, but something). You’ll learn what components you’ll need to buy -- access points, and the right wireless cards, including options that don’t require you to pop the top on your PC.

There’s a full chapter on planning and budgeting your wireless network. Next, you’ll find detailed guidance on choosing the right equipment -- including key questions you might not have considered.

Is that access point wall-mountable? Should you shop for an all-in-one wireless router, switch, and gateway? Do you need port forwarding? Is it worth buying one of those new wireless devices that’s also a print server? Could you upgrade your antenna if you needed to? Does your access point come with the new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or the older, less secure WEP? Do you need “VPN passthrough” to connect to your office’s corporate network? Oh, and don’t forget the old standby: what’s the warranty and return policy?

Part III walks you through setting up your network once you’ve brought all the hardware home. You’ll install and configure your access points and network adapters, set up Internet sharing, and walk through securing your wireless LAN (an absolute must: out of the box, it’s woefully insecure). There’s also a full chapter on setting up a wireless Mac network.

Once you’ve done all that, you’ll put your wireless network to work. You’ll find detailed coverage of setting up gaming over your wireless home network (including coverage of networking your PlayStation II, Xbox, or GameCube). You’ll walk through networking your home entertainment center (one network, media everywhere). Next, the authors show you what else you can “plug into” your wireless network right now (ranging from cameras to cars).

There’s a full chapter on short-range Bluetooth wireless networking, and another chapter on going wireless in whatever airports, Starbucks, et cetera, you happen to frequent. If that’s not enough, the authors preview tomorrow’s Wi-Fi-enabled devices (dog collars, clothes, wireless exercise gear). The future is coming faster than you think. And it won’t have wires attached. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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"...a great place to start...well worth the money..." (Microsoft Windows XP Official Magazine, March 2004)

"...the for Dummies tradition is upheld, through, with clear explanations of technical terms..." (Computer Active, 7 August 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764539107
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/18/2003
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Danny Briere is CEO and founder of TeleChoice, Inc., whichprovides strategic consulting services to businesses.

Pat Hurley is a TeleChoice consultant specializing inemerging telecommunications technologies. They are coauthors ofSmart Homes For Dummies, Home Theater For Dummies,and HDTV For Dummies.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Wireless networking fundamentals 7
Ch. 1 Introducing wireless home networking 9
Ch. 2 From a to g and b-yond 29
Ch. 3 Bluetooth, HPNA, and HomePlug 51
Pt. II Making plans 67
Ch. 4 Planning a wireless home network 69
Ch. 5 Choosing wireless home networking equipment 93
Pt. III Installing a wireless network 111
Ch. 6 Installing wireless access points in Windows 113
Ch. 7 Setting up your Windows PCs for wireless networking 125
Ch. 8 Setting up a wireless Mac network 143
Ch. 9 Setting up Internet sharing 159
Ch. 10 Securing your wireless home network 181
Pt. IV Using a wireless network 201
Ch. 11 Putting your wireless home network to work 203
Ch. 12 Gaming over a wireless home network 221
Ch. 13 Networking your entertainment center 243
Ch. 14 Other cool things you can network 263
Ch. 15 Using a Bluetooth network 283
Ch. 16 Going wireless away from home 299
Pt. V The part of tens 315
Ch. 17 Ten FAQs about wireless home networks 317
Ch. 18 Ten ways to troubleshoot wireless LAN performance 327
Ch. 19 More than ten devices to connect to your wireless network in the future 341
Ch. 20 Top ten sources for more information 357
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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Covers The General Field of Wireless Networking

    I wanted to gain insight about the details of networking so that when I set up a webcam at home for remote viewing over the internet I would be better preparted for the complicatons that might arise in setting it up. This book provides great generalized coverage of all things realting to wireless networking and goes into just a very small amount of deep detail for any particular subject. The author's writing and explanations are clear with a bit of humor thrown in. The author does point out that with so many different routers and devices it is beyond the scope of this book to cover all their differences when problem solving thier setup....You'll have to read the manual or support page on the manufacturer's website. Though the book didn't give me the depth of answers and understanding I was looking for, the book did provide insight into many areas of wireless networking that I was unfamiliar with and gave me further ideas and suggestions. I am happy to have purchased and read this book. I am now moving on to Microsoft Windows Networking and Essentials to get into deeper details with networking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Great Starter

    Great book to get you started setting up a home network.

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