Wireless Home Networking For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 8, 2011 - Computers - 408 pages
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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 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Wireless Networking Fundamentals
7
Wireless Networking Fundamentals 7 Chapter 1 Introducing Wireless Home Networking
9
From a to n and byond
27
Bluetooth and Other Wireless Networks
51
Planning a Wireless Home Network
71
Choosing Wireless Home Networking Equipment
95
Installing a Wireless Network
111
Setting Up a Demilitarized Zone DMZ
220
Networking Your Entertainment Center
223
Using Your Wireless Network for Phone Calls
241
Other Cool Things You Can Network
257
Using a Bluetooth Network
281
Going Wireless Away from Home
297
Ten FAQs about Wireless Home Networks
317
Ten Ways to Troubleshoot Wireless LAN Performance
327

Setting Up a Wireless Windows Network
127
Setting Up a Wireless Mac Network
143
Securing Your Wireless Home Network
159
Using a Wireless Network
179
Gaming Over a Wireless Home Network
203
More Than Ten Devices to Connect to Your
339
Top Ten Sources for More Information
359
Index
367
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About the author (2011)

Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company. Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking industry, Danny has written more than 1,000 articles about telecommunications topics and has authored or edited eight books, including Smart Homes For Dummies, 3rd Edition, HDTV For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies, 2nd Edition (all published by Wiley). He is frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks providing analysis on the latest communications news and breakthroughs. Danny lives in Mansfield Center, Connecticut, with his wife and four children.

Pat Hurley is director of research with TeleChoice, Inc., specializing in emerging telecommunications technologies, including all the latest access and home technologies: wireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, and home networking services. Pat frequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat is the co-author of Smart Homes For Dummies, 3rd Edition, HDTV For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies, 2nd Edition (all published by Wiley). He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, beautiful daughter, and two smelly and unruly dogs.

Edward Ferris is a consultant and director of information systems with TeleChoice, Inc., specializing in information management, wired and wireless networking, and security technologies. He has extensive experience with all the latest VOIP technologies: SIP, vPBX, Hybrid PBX, QoS, and packet labeling and switching. Ed frequently consults with companies looking to tighten information security, develop scalable technology plans, and expand network and client support operations. He has written many training and technology manuals for corporate use and has created custom training materials and seminars for numerous applications and business processes. He lives in Norwood, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.

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