Wireless Home Networking For Dummies

Wireless Home Networking For Dummies

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by Danny Briere, Hurley, Edward Ferris

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The perennial bestseller shows you how share your files and Internet connection across a wireless network

Fully updated for Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, this new edition of this bestseller returns with all the latest in wireless standards and security. This fun and friendly guide shows you how to integrate your iPhone, iPod touch, smartphone, or

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The perennial bestseller shows you how share your files and Internet connection across a wireless network

Fully updated for Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, this new edition of this bestseller returns with all the latest in wireless standards and security. This fun and friendly guide shows you how to integrate your iPhone, iPod touch, smartphone, or gaming system into your home network. Veteran authors escort you through the various financial and logisitical considerations that you need to take into account before building a wireless network at home.

  • Covers the basics of planning, installing, and using wireless LANs
  • Reviews essential information on the latest security issues
  • Delivers valuable tips on how to stay current with fast-moving technology
  • Discusses how to share resources such as printers, scanners, an Internet connection, files, and more with multiple computers on one network

Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, 4th Edition skips the technical jargon and gets you connected with need-to-know information on building a wireless home network.

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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.

From the Publisher
"...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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Meet the Author

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

Pat Hurley is a TeleChoice consultant specializing in emerging telecommunications technologies. They are coauthors of Smart Homes For Dummies, Home Theater For Dummies, and HDTV For Dummies.

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Wireless Home Networking For Dummies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Aaron Simmons More than 1 year ago
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.
dem007 More than 1 year ago
Great book to get you started setting up a home network.