Wireless Home Networking For Dummies

Wireless Home Networking For Dummies

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by Danny Briere, Hurley, Edward Ferris

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Wireless home networks are better than ever! The emergence of new industry standards has made them easier, more convenient, less expensive to own and operate. Still, you need to know what to look for (and look out for), and the expert guidance you’ll find in Wireless Home Networks For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps you ensure that your wire-free life is…  See more details below


Wireless home networks are better than ever! The emergence of new industry standards has made them easier, more convenient, less expensive to own and operate. Still, you need to know what to look for (and look out for), and the expert guidance you’ll find in Wireless Home Networks For Dummies, 3rd Edition helps you ensure that your wire-free life is also a hassle-free life!

This user-friendly, plain-English guide delivers all of the tips, tricks, and knowledge you need to plan your wireless home network, evaluate and select the equipment that will work best for you, install and configure your wireless network, and much more. You’ll find out how to share your Internet connection over your network, as well as files, printers, and other peripherals. And, you’ll learn how to avoid the “gotchas” that can creep in when you least expect them. Discover how to:

  • Choose the right networking equipment
  • Install and configure your wireless network
  • Integrate Bluetooth into your network
  • Work with servers, gateways, routers, and switches
  • Connect audiovisual equipment to your wireless network
  • Play wireless, multiuser computer games
  • Establish and maintain your network’s security
  • Troubleshoot networking problems
  • Improve network performance
  • Understand 802.11n

Whether you’re working with Windows PCs, Mac OS X machines, or both Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, 3rd Edition, makes it fast and easy to get your wireless network up and running—and keep it that way!

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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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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.