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Step by step guide to connecting all your electronic devices into one network
A home network allows you to share Internet connections, photos, video, music, game consoles, printers, and other electronic gadgets. This do-it-yourself guide shows you step by step how to create a wired or wireless network in your home.
In the For Dummies tradition of making technology less intimidating, Home Networking Do-It-Yourself For Dummies breaks down the process into easy steps with clear instructions.
- Increasing broadband speeds, cellular technology, the explosive growth of iPhone sales, and the new Home Group feature in Windows 7 all contribute to a booming interest in home networking
- This step-by-step guide walks do-it-yourselfers through the process of setting up a wired or wireless network with Windows 7 and Windows Vista
- Demonstrates how to connect desktops or laptops, printers, a home server, a router, high-speed Internet access, a video game system, a telephone line, and entertainment peripherals
- Shows how to share files, music, and video, and connect to an iPhone
- Provides maintenance and troubleshooting tips
Home Networking Do-It-Yourself For Dummies enables you to take advantage of everything a home network can offer without hiring a technology wizard.
Home Networking Do-It-Yourself For Dummies will help readers design a family network. The book will use step-by-steps tasks to walk the reader through setting up a simple wired or wireless network with a Windows 7, Windows Vista or Mac OS X computer using routers and various connections to perform simple tasks, such as sharing an Internet connection. The book will then move on to more advanced tasks, such as sharing files, sharing music, and connecting to devices (iPhone and other mobile devices), game consoles, and other consumer gadgets. It will also provide the reader with simple troubleshooting and maintenance tasks to keep their home network running smoothly.
Network your family's computers so you can share files, printers, and more — now it's easy!
Connecting all your home's computers into a network lets you share files, devices, entertainment, and more. This friendly book shows you, step by step, how to create your very own wired or wireless network.
You'll learn what hardware you need, where to position a wireless router, how to connect a Bluetooth device, how to arrange access for different family members, and everything else necessary to get your network up and running. Then you'll learn to secure it, monitor the kids' online activities, speed up your Internet connection, and even set up a gaming network. What are you waiting for?
Open the book and find:
Directions for installing a wireless router
How to help different versions of Windows work together
Tips on configuring file and printer sharing
Instructions for setting up a Windows 7 HomeGroup
Wireless security procedures
Set up a wired or wireless network from start to finish
Share connections and files onWindows 7
Connect your gadgets, share music, and do it all yourself!
About the Author
Lawrence C. Miller is a veteran systems administration and information security professional. He has served as a consultant for various multi-national corporations, including Coca-Cola and Goldman Sachs, and holds a wide array of networking certifications.
Table of Contents
Part I: Doing Your Homework.
Chapter 1: Why Do You Need A Home Network?
Chapter 2: Understanding Networking Basics.
Part II: Installing Your Home Network.
Chapter 3: Getting Wired.
Chapter 4: Going Wireless.
Part III: Setting Up Your Windows 7 Network.
Chapter 5: Understanding User Accounts.
Chapter 6: Setting Up a HomeGroup.
Chapter 7: Sharing With Others.
Chapter 8: Connecting to the Internet.
Chapter 9: Connecting Remotely.
Chapter 10: Having Fun with Your Home Network.
Part IV: Keeping Your Network Safe and Healthy.
Chapter 11: Inside the Action Center.
Chapter 12: Windows Firewall and Windows Defender.
Chapter 13: Windows Update.
Chapter 14: Backup and Restore.
Chapter 15: Building a SOHO Network.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Great Windows 7 Resources.
Chapter 17: Ten Reasons You Might Not Be Able to Join a HomeGroup.
Chapter 18: Ten Network Troubleshooting Tools.