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Wireless All In One For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-49013-6
504 pages
December 2009
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Link up, connect, or create a network-with no wires attached!

With such an amazing abundance of electronic devices available in our daily lives, wouldn't it be nice to eliminate getting wrangled by all those wires? With this guide by your side, a team of technical authors walks you through creating a network in your home or office-without the expense and hassle of stringing cable or paying a network administrator.

Eight self-contained minibooks answer your questions about wireless devices and wireless networks and address everything from hardware security to wireless hobbies and GPS. Clear, step-by-step instructions show you how to link your TV, computers, PDAs, laptops, TiVo, and sound systems to your wireless network.

  • Discover how to configure networks and create a completely wireless environment
  • Incorporate various hardware into your wireless network, such as notebook computers, handheld devices, sound systems, and printers
  • Tackle common security issues and best troubleshooting practices
  • Learn all the basics of wireless computing and how to make it work for you

With this book, it's easier than ever to to create an office or home network on a Windows platform. Don't be a bird on a wire-become a part of a wireless world!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Book I: Pulling the Plugs 7

Chapter 1: Living Without Wires 9

Chapter 2: Choosing Internet Access 17

Book II: Planning Your Network 21

Chapter 1: Getting Started 23

Chapter 2: Choosing Hardware 33

Chapter 3: Setting Up Routers 49

Chapter 4: Deciphering DHCP 63

Chapter 5: Installing Your Wireless Adapter 71

Chapter 6: Getting Your PC On the Net .85

Chapter 7: Setting Up Other Hardware .103

Chapter 8: Troubleshooting Network Hardware .121

Book III: Configuring Networks 137

Chapter 1: Exploring Windows Networking 139

Chapter 2: Managing Available Networks 147

Chapter 3: Creating Bridges 159

Chapter 4: Confi guring Printers 165

Chapter 5: Confi rming Your Network Works 171

Book IV: Security and Troubleshooting 179

Chapter 1: Looking at Internet Threats 181

Chapter 2: Using a Safety Net 195

Chapter 3: Protecting Your Computer 215

Chapter 4: Troubleshooting Network Problems 239

Book V: On the Road Again — But Without Wires 255

Chapter 1: Putting a Network in Your Lap(top) 257

Chapter 2: Connecting Wireless Devices to Networks 269

Chapter 3: Synchronizing Devices over a Network .279

Chapter 4: Picking a BlackBerry 293

Chapter 5: Finding Wi-Fi Hotspots 303

Chapter 6: Setting Up a VPN Connection 315

Chapter 7: Taking Home with You 325

Book VI: Other Networking Technologies 333

Chapter 1: Choosing and Using Cordless Phones 335

Chapter 2: Picking Peripherals 343

Book VII: Wireless Home Technology 349

Chapter 1: Entertaining Yourself Wirelessly 351

Chapter 2: Streaming Digital Music in Your Home 357

Chapter 3: Networking Your Television: From PC to HDTV 369

Chapter 4: Listening to Music and Audio from the Web 383

Chapter 5: Exploring Digital TV and Satellite Radio 393

Chapter 6: Exploring the Kindle 407

Book VIII: The Global Positioning System 417

Chapter 1: Getting Uncle Sam to Ante Up 419

Chapter 2: Finding Your Way in the World 431

Chapter 3: Exploring with the Rest of GPS 443

Glossary 453

Index 461

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Author Information

Sean Walberg manages the national network of a financial services company.

Loyd Case is Editor for the ExtremeTech technology Web site.

Joel Durham Jr. is a freelance writer and former tech editor of PC Gamer magazine.

Derek Torres is a technical communicator, author, and Microsoft registered partner.

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