Wi-Fi Home Networking

Wi-Fi Home Networking

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Wi-Fi Home Networking by Raymond Smith

Includes CD-ROM with animated WiFi tutorials from major hardware manufacturers, wireless hardware product information, and links to WiFi information sources on the Web.



CONNECT EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOME TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB—without wires!



For many professionals, wireless home computer networking delivers the power of corporate technology — without the hassles of corporate living, and the mobile connectivity to all of the computers throughout your home (or backyard) — without rewiring.



That’s why if you plan to set up a wireless home network, WiFi Home Networking is the one book you shouldn’t be without. Written by a noted telecommunications expert, this hardworking reference delivers comprehensive coverage of wireless home networking, written in language the layman will easily understand. WiFi Home Networking:

* Describes the costs, benefits, and necessity of networking

* Provides the “smart tools” you need to maximize your fun – and your profit!

* Helps you choose the best hardware and software for your needs

* Details how to set up, maintain, and fix your wireless network

* Includes important, practical information about security, viruses, and backing up

* And much, much more!



When it comes to making the right decision about the overwhelming array of choices and expenses associated with wireless home networking, don’t rely on guesswork. Turn to McGraw-Hill’s WiFi Home Networking, and get home networking power -- not home networking problems!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071412537
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: TAB/Mastering Electronics Series
Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
Pages: 347
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Raymond Smith has a B.S. degree in Telecommunications and has worked as a News Director and Editorial Writer for a number of radio stations. A resident of Ojai, CA, Raymond was a programmer and field service engineer for several Silicon Valley computer and data network manufacturers. Most recently, he worked as a network administrator for Verizon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxiii
Forewordxv
Chapter 1Is This Trip Necessary?1
At Home in the Twenty-first Century2
Turning Your Home into a Hot Spot3
A Brief History of Wireless Computer Networks4
Wirelessly Wired6
The Old Way of Connecting Dial-Up Modems7
Wiring at Home and Work8
Interchangeable Parts10
IEEE Wireless Standards11
Nonstandards12
Wi-Fi Versus Bluetooth13
Why Wi-Fi?14
Roam, Roam on the Range16
Wi-Fi Drivers: The Private Sector16
Wi-Fi and Cell Phones21
Wi-Fi Building Blocks21
Connect Your Home22
Buying Internet Access26
Connect Your Personal Computers29
Avoiding Trouble Spots30
Wi-Fi Interfaces31
Loading Wi-Fi Software38
Ready for Takeoff40
Chapter 2From the World to Your Door43
Into the Fast Lane44
How to Connect a Broadband Pipe45
How Fast Is Fast?46
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)48
Read the Fine Print48
Ma Bell DSL55
Telco Distance Limits57
Installing Your DSL60
Chapter 3From the Doorstep to the Tabletop67
Sharing a Broadband Internet Connection68
Software Routers69
Hardware Connection Sharing70
Alternatives to Wi-Fi71
Infrared Links72
Telephone-Line Home Networks72
Networking over Electrical Wiring75
True Wireless77
Physical Planning for Your Wi-Fi Home Network84
Home Antennas89
Chapter 4Security and Setup95
War Dialing96
Unwired Security97
Configuring Restricted Access101
Four Security Fences105
The SSID: Wi-Fi Networks Announce Themselves to the World105
Authentication106
MAC Address Filtering106
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)108
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)110
Password Advice111
Configure from Inside112
Workstation File Sharing114
Firewall Limits114
Firewall Fire Drills116
Unwanted Bugs: Viruses117
Spyware119
Spam123
Kid-Safe123
Walking Laptops125
Voluntary Amnesia127
Setting Up Your Network128
Pulling the Wrappers129
ISP Configuration Settings132
Insert the Router into Your Network135
Connect Other Hardwired PCs136
Configure the Workstations137
Workstation Networking Parameters140
Loading and Configuring Workstation VPN Support149
Wi-Fi in Windows XP150
Wi-Fi Workstation Configuration153
Configure the Router155
Special Application Configurations158
Access Controls161
Assorted Router Utilities163
Chapter 5Good Housekeeping167
Maintenance Is a Good Habit168
Scout's Motto: Be Prepared168
Call for Backup169
Backup Software170
Network Backup Repositories174
Power Corrupts176
Ironing out the Volts178
Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs)181
Other Maintenance Tasks184
Bug Patrol187
Chapter 6Can You Hear Me Now?191
Basic Troubleshooting Methods192
Who Ya Gonna Call?192
Simplify the Problem192
Troubleshooting Tools194
Wi-Fi Router Status Display202
Dealing with the Trouble Desk204
Dialing for Answers205
Navigating the Maze206
Trouble Desk Etiquette208
A Case History209
Common Wi-Fi Problems and Cures213
Configuration Does Count213
Common DSL Problems and Cures214
Residual Line Hardware215
Enforced Idleness215
Common Cable Broadband Problems215
Line Splitters216
Defective Cables216
Unsolid Connectors216
Troubleshooting Shoot-'em-Ups217
The DMZ217
Game Servers218
Chat218
DirectX and Other Drivers219
Nonroutable Protocols219
Tweaking: The Need for Speed219
Chapter 7Wi-Fi for Fun and Profit221
So Much Music, So Little Time222
World Wide Radio222
A Record Player on Steroids227
PC TV229
Look at Mel230
Bangl You're Deadl235
Special Gaming Considerations236
Wi-Fi Telephones240
Portable Softphones241
Wi-Fi as a Tool for the Job243
Teleconferencing: The Answer to a Road Warrior's Prayer245
Conference Sound248
Other Conference Features249
Configuring Your Router for Virtual Conferencing250
Email254
Virtual Private Networking254
Your Own Web Server256
Chapter 8Where No One Has Roamed Before259
Boingo Wireless260
NYCwireless263
Linksys265
The Wi-Fi Alliance267
In-Stat/MDR269
Apple Computer272
Hewlett-Packard275
The Last Word: The Author Gazes into His Crystal Ball278
Chapter 9Frequently Asked Questions283
Wi-Fi Networking284
Technical Support FAQs289
Belkin Components Wi-Fi Tech Support FAQs291
Apple AirPort FAQs (Courtesy Apple Computer)293
Apple Wireless Technology FAQs (Contributed by Apple Computer)296
Home Broadband FAQs297
Telephone DSL FAQs297
Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) FAQ (Courtesy CyberPower Systems)298
Glossary301
Index325

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Wi-Fi Home Networking 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't understand what Wi-Fi was, and now I do! The information is direct and easy to understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
More than just practical advice. Lots of pictures, history. Not too techie. I just wanted to find out how I could use my wireless laptop at home. But the author covers setting up a net at work, too. I didn¿t know about the security problems. They don¿t tell you that when you buy the Wi-Fi card. They make it sound all easy and automatic. But it¿s not. I think I saved myself a headache or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book explains WIFI in easy to understand language - a must for anyone with a computer! You don't need a technical background to read this book, but it's not too simple for those with a tech background. Highly recommended!