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Wireless Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista

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by Michael Miller
     
 

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Networking has become commonplace in the home. In years past, it took a trained technician to set up and manage a computer network; that's not the case anymore. With more and more households having multiple PCs, there is an increased demand to network those PCs to share files, peripherals, and an Internet connection. And it's become much easier to create a

Overview

Networking has become commonplace in the home. In years past, it took a trained technician to set up and manage a computer network; that's not the case anymore. With more and more households having multiple PCs, there is an increased demand to network those PCs to share files, peripherals, and an Internet connection. And it's become much easier to create a home network, thanks to easier-to-use wireless networking technologies and equipment. The problem is setting up a wireless network can still be somewhat confusing, and often difficult. Even setting up a simple wireless network to share an Internet connection can be a frustrating trial-and-error process. What kind of wireless network should you choose -- 802.11a, b, g, or n? What equipment do you need? How do you configure all your computers to work on the network? How do you share a single printer on your network? The confusion continues when one considers the different issues related to different operating systems. Setting up a wireless network under Windows Vista is much different than setting up a similar network under Windows XP. Users are looking for simple answers to all these questions. Unfortunately, most networking books today are geared toward technology-savvy networking professionals. Where does the average user turn to for solutions to his wireless networking problems? The answer is this book -- Wireless Networking with Windows Vista.

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Part I Planning Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

1 Why You Need a Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2 How Wireless Networks Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

3 How Windows Vista Handles Wireless Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

4 Designing Your Wireless Network–And Choosing

Network Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Part II Setting Up Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

5 Setting Up Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

6 Configuring and Managing Your Network Computers . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

7 Setting Up–And Sharing–A Wireless Internet Connection . . . . . . . 107

8 Securing Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Part III Using Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

9 Setting Up Multiple Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

10 Sharing Files and Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

11 Sharing Music, Movies, and Other Digital Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

12 Sharing Printers and Other Peripherals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

13 Connecting Game Devices to Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

Part IV Using Other Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

14 Connection to Wi-Fi Hot Spots and Public Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

15 Connecting to Corporate Networks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227

Part V Upgrading and Maintaining Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . 239

16 Upgrading Your Wireless Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241

17 Troubleshooting Wireless Network Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789737014
Publisher:
Que
Publication date:
07/30/2007
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.61(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Miller has written more than 75 non-fiction how-to books since 1989, including Que's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource, Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay, and the upcoming How Windows Vista Works. He has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers, and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author's Web site, located at www.molehillgroup.com.

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Wireless Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BMulcahey More than 1 year ago
Wireless Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista is a good book for beginners. The author does a great job of explaining the technology in layman¿s terms and provides helpful hints along the side. The book covers purchasing equipment, setup, advanced wireless setup and basic troubleshooting.

For those that take in information visually, the author includes screen shots and photos. The author provides a great deal of information on the various Wi-Fi technologies and how the technologies work with each other. All though the book is titled for Vista, the author provides information on integrating Windows XP into the network.

As a security professional, I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on setting up a secure network throughout the entire book instead of waiting until half way through the book.