Basic Home Networking

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Cengage Learning, 2002 - Computers - 245 pages
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Discover how easy it is to design, install, manage and troubleshoot your own home network! Ideal for do-it-yourselfers, Basic Home Networking contains all of the information today's homeowners and homebuilders need to create a cost-effective internal network that allows all of the computer users in any given residence to share files, printers, hard drives, backup hardware, Internet access, and more! The book begins by acquainting readers with different ways of building a home network, as well as the variety of networking hardware and cabling options available today for existing homes and new home construction projects. Subsequent chapters provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for configuring Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems, using firewalls and other means of network security, and testing and troubleshooting using standard tools included with Windows or available as freeware for Macintosh computer users. Clear and concise explanations of network basics, such as mission-critical TCP/IP and NetBEUI protocols, are also included to help readers understand what they are doing as well as how information will travel through their network and out across the Internet. The final chapter introduces readers to household appliances and digital phone systems that can be connected to the home network, as well as game systems that allow users to play with others within the network or across the Internet. Benefits: Both IBM PC and Macintosh computers are covered in detail, allowing this how-to book to be used in virtually any of the 15 million homes today that have multiple computers and computer users. Real-life examples illustrate different ways of building a home network to guide readers in choosing the one that best meet their needs - from a simple phone line, to a wireless infrared or radio-based network, to a speedy and powerful Ethernet. Practical tips for hiding networking cabling and protecting against dangerous Trojan hor
  

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Contents

What it Takes
5
Choosing the Right Type of Home Network
11
Cables and Wires
32
Network Interface Cards
39
Hubs
46
Setting up Wireless LANS
53
Setting up a Home Network
59
Basic Information
88
Remote Desktop Connection
137
Routers
146
Proxy Servers and Firewalls
155
Training
164
Preventing Losses
170
Is it Plugged In?
178
Testing the Connection
185
When All Else Fails
193

Default Gateways
94
Network Setup in Windows 9598 Me and 2000
100
Getting Started
110
Sharing Folders and Files
120
File Sharing on the Macintosh
129
Appendix
209
Glossary
215
Index
231
ICS Internet Connection Sharing 158
236
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About the author (2002)

Ted Coombs is a veteran programmer and software engineer who has written more than a dozen books on computer technology, including "dBASE for Windows Programming For Dummies," "PowerBuilder Programming For Dummies," and "Setting Up an Internet Site For Dummies,"

Roderico DeLeon has worked as a PC and networking consultant and is the author of several books.

Roderico DeLeon is the author of ICQ FYI and technical editor of severa
popular computer programming books. As a PC and networking consultant he
has had to install and troubleshoot networks throughout Southern
California. He is a graduate of Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City.

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