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Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-27519-1
720 pages
July 2008
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If your household harbors more than one computer, you’ve probably wondered about home networking. Maybe you’ve gone so far as to start setting up a network and given up in frustration. Well, now you can relax. Home Networking All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies has come to the rescue!

A network will make your life easier, and Home Networking All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies makes it easier to create one. It shows you how to choose the right hardware, add user accounts, get different operating systems to work together, secure your network, exchange files, add wireless devices, and even use Wi-Fi out in public. Seven individual, self-contained minibooks cover:

  • What a network will do for you, including a low-tech explanation of how it works
  • Choosing a network type that will work best for your needs, and planning what equipment you’ll need
  • Installing and configuring your computers and networking gear
  • Upgrading your equipment with the manufacturer’s updates
  • The ins and outs of using particular versions of operating systems — Windows, Mac, and Linux — with your network
  • Step-by-step directions on connecting to networks, sharing files and printers, checking connection status, and much more
  • Discovering networking accessories and gadgets to get the most out of your network
  • Finding and using Wi-Fi hotspots, plus setting up your own

You’ll even find troubleshooting tips to help find and fix common problems. Home Networking All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies will be your personal network assistant!

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Table of Contents


Book I: Introduction to Networking.

Chapter 1: Grasping the Main Concepts behind Networking.

Chapter 2: Operating Systems and Networks.

Chapter 3: Networking Hardware.

Book II: Setting Up Networks.

Chapter 1: Setting Up User Accounts on Computers.

Chapter 2: Planning for Your Network.

Chapter 3: Installing Network Adapters.

Chapter 4: Setting Up and Configuring the Network.

Chapter 5: Working with the “Brains” of Your Equipment.

Chapter 6: Taking the Wire Farther.

Chapter 7: Getting a Better Reach with Wireless.

Book III: Network Security.

Chapter 1: Addressing Internet Security.

Chapter 2: Securing the Airwaves: It’s Possible.

Chapter 3: Protecting Youngsters.

Book IV: Connecting and Sharing.

Chapter 1: Dealing with Your Network Connections.

Chapter 2: Remote Connections.

Chapter 3: Allowing Sharing of Files and More.

Chapter 4: Sharing Files: Hosting a Folder Party.

Chapter 5: Sharing a Printer: Spreading the Ink.

Chapter 6: Other Sharing Options.

Chapter 7: Accessing Shared Files and Folders.

Chapter 8: Serving Files over the Internet.

Book V: Network Troubleshooting.

Chapter 1: Dealing with Connection and Performance Problems.

Chapter 2: Fixing Sharing Issues.

Chapter 3: Troubleshooting Methods and Tools.

Chapter 4: Getting More Help.

Book VI: Networking Gadgets.

Chapter 1: Voice and Video.

Chapter 2: Family Entertainment.

Chapter 3: Traveling Gadgets.

Chapter 4: Bluetooth Devices.

Chapter 5: Network Magic: Ways to Manage Your Home Network.

Book VII: Wi-Fi Hotspots.

Chapter 1: Wi-Fi Hotspots, Hot Zones, and Cities.

Chapter 2: Making Your Location a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Chapter 3: Using FON to Share or Get Wireless Internet Access.


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Author Information

Eric Geier is a certified network administrator with years of experience as a computer and wireless networking consultant. He is founder and president of Sky-Nets, Ltd., a Wi-Fi hotspot provider.
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