Network Know-How: An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin (Google eBook)

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No Starch Press, 2009 - Computers - 288 pages
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Are the machines in your office living isolated lives? Do you have a few computers at home that you want to connect to each other and the Internet? The best way to share files on a group of computers is to create a network. But how do you do that?

Network Know-How is your guide to connecting your machines, filled with practical advice that will show you how to get things done. You'll learn the nitty-gritty of network setup, design, and maintenance, from running cables and placing wireless access points to configuring file sharing and printing. This practical and comprehensive guide will teach you how to implement security, create intranets, and more. You'll learn how to:

* Connect Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers
* Implement network addressing
* Configure your network adapters, hubs, switches, and router
* Share music, photos, and documents
* Automate household appliances and stream digital audio and video to your home entertainment center
* Troubleshoot network slowdowns and failures

No matter which operating system you use, and even if you've never installed or run a network before, you'll get what you need to know in Network Know-How..

  

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Contents

How a Network Will Improve Your Life
1
Types of Network Connections
9
Hubs Switches and Routers
27
How Computer Networks Are Organized
35
Designing Your Network
47
Installing the Network Control Center and Ethernet Cables
55
Ethernet Network Interfaces
69
WiFi Networks
77
Connecting Your Computer to a Network
117
Sharing Files Through Your Network
131
Network Security
151
Printers and Other Devices on Your Network
191
Other Things You Can Connect to Your Network Audio Video Home Entertainment and Beyond
203
Other Network Applications
225
Troubleshooting
239
Index
253

File Servers
93
Connecting Your Network to the Internet
107
Updates
270
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), Wiring Home Networks (Sunset Books), and The Book of Wireless (No Starch Press).

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