Synopses & Reviews
A network is a system of two or more computers that are connected in some manner (you have lots of choices about the "manner"). Each computer on the network has access to the files and peripheral equipment (printers and modems) on all the other computers on the network.
Using multiple computers is much easier if you have a network. You don't have to remember which computer you were using when you started that letter to Uncle Harry because you can just reach across the network to finish it using any computer in the house. A home network allows you to do the work you have to do better and more efficiently. You can benefit from a network if you
- Use PCs that run either Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Me, Windows 2000 Professional, or Windows XP
- Want to share computers on a network, whether they're desktop computers or laptops
- Have more people in the household than computers, so more than one person may use any single computer
Home Networking For Dummies isn't a novel, so you don't have to start at page one and read every chapter in order – you can't spoil the ending. This book is meant to be digested on a subject-by-subject basis. Each chapter is self-contained, covering a specific subject. You'll gain insight into:
- Planning and installing your home network
- Performing some software tasks to fine-tune your network
- Using your network to access or print files from other computers
- Keeping your network safe from viruses and intruders
- Preparing for disaster by keeping your computers healthy and making sure you don't lose your data if a computer dies
Creating a network is satisfying, fun, and incredibly useful. Have a good time. You're on the cutting edge of computer technology. By reading this book, you prove that you are a networking nerd – and that's a compliment.
A network enables multiple computers to be connected, allowing for easy sharing of essential files, printers and a single Internet connection. The cost of networking can be surprisingly affordable, and creating a network has become easy and user friendly even for the computer novice.
More than fifteen million Americans live in households with more than one PC. This book provides a fun and easy roadmap to networking those computers and reaping the benefits of sharing files, printers, and a single Internet connection.
Become administrator of your home network and get organized
Share files and printers, install wireless connections, and save time and money!
When your mom told you sharing was good, she was right! This book shows you its also easy, economical, and efficient. Youll find out how to select equipment, set up security, and build a home network that lets your family share files, printers, telephone or DSL Internet connections, and a peaceful coexistence. Mom would approve.
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
This guide walks the reader through all the basics of home networking, from examining options, to planning the network, to installation, security and maintenance.
About the Author
Kathy Ivens has written more than 60 computer books and countless articles for Windows & .NET Magazine. Shes an internationally syndicated columnist who has installed hundreds of corporate networks.
Table of Contents
Part I: Network Basics: The Hardware.
Chapter 1: What’s the Big Deal about Home Networking, Anyway?
Chapter 2: Installing Network Adapters.
Chapter 3: Running Cable through the House.
Chapter 4: Using Wires That Are Already There.
Chapter 5: Look Ma, No Wires.
Part II: Setting Up the Computers.
Chapter 6: Installing Networking Software.
Chapter 7: Setting Up Shared Internet Connections.
Chapter 8: Configuring Computer Sharing.
Chapter 9: Setting Up Users.
Part III: Communicating Across the Network.
Chapter 10: Printing across the Network.
Chapter 11: Getting Around the Neighborhood.
Chapter 12: Using Files from Other Computers.
Part IV: Network Security and Maintenance.
Chapter 13: Making Your Network Secure.
Chapter 14: Disaster Planning and Recovery.
Chapter 15: Using Windows Maintenance Tools.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Fun Things to Do on Your Network.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Make the Internet Safe for Children.