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Wireless Home Networking For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-4426-2
380 pages
September 2003
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Pick the right equipment, secure your network, and share files

Share your Internet connection, access hot spots, and add on cool wireless peripherals

Thinking of going wireless? It's not as scary as it sounds! This fast and fun guidebook helps you decide what you need, install it, and get the most from all its cool options. Your PCs can share printers while you groove to your favorite MP3s and the family shares quality video game time - all from anywhere!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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Table of Contents


Part I: Wireless Networking Fundamentals.

Chapter 1: Introducing Wireless Home Networking.

Chapter 2: From a to g and b-yond.

Chapter 3: Bluetooth, HPNA, and HomePlug.

Part II: Making Plans.

Chapter 4: Planning a Wireless Home Network.

Chapter 5: Choosing Wireless Home Networking Equipment.

Part III: Installing a Wireless Network.

Chapter 6: Installing Wireless Access Points in Windows.

Chapter 7: Setting Up Your Windows PCs for Wireless Networking.

Chapter 8: Setting Up a Wireless Mac Network.

Chapter 9: Setting Up Internet Sharing.

Chapter 10: Securing Your Wireless Home Network.

Part IV: Using a Wireless Network.

Chapter 11: Putting Your Wireless Home Network To Work.

Chapter 12: Gaming over a Wireless Home Network.

Chapter 13: Networking Your Entertainment Center.

Chapter 14: Other Cool Things You Can Network.

Chapter 15: Using a Bluetooth Network.

Chapter 16: Going Wireless Away from Home.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten FAQs about Wireless Home Networks.

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Troubleshoot Wireless LAN Performance.

Chapter 19: More Than Ten Devices You’ll Connect to Your Wireless Network in the Future.

Chapter 20: Top Ten Sources for More Information.


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Author Information

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 Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and Home Theater For Dummies. 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.

Walter R. Bruce III is a writer and consultant who is an avid wireless network user and who has been programming and using computers since the late 1960s (that’s right, he’s old). For more than a dozen years, Walter has been training computer users and writing and publishing books about computer technology. He has written many internationally published books on a variety of computer operating system, database, telecommunication, and networking topics. As a publishing professional, he has also directed the publication of hundreds of computer-related books for three successful publishing companies. Walter holds an undergraduate degree in mathematics as well as a law degree. Walter installed his first network in 1985 in the Pentagon while working for the Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force. He was practicing law in the USAF when he discovered his affinity for teaching people how to use computers. For several years, he has directed Novell Press, the official publisher of books about Novell networking technology. Walter currently lives with his family in the Silicon Valley area of northern California.

Pat Hurley is a consultant 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 Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and Home Theater For Dummies. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and two smelly dogs.

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"...a great place to start...well worth the money..." (Microsoft Windows XP Official Magazine, March 2004)

"...the for Dummies tradition is upheld, through, with clear explanations of technical terms..." (Computer Active, 7 August 2003)

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