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Now that many homes have two or more computers, home networks are spreading likewildfire. By networking your computers together, you can share files, high-speedInternet connections, and peripherals such as printers and scanners, saving yourhousehold time, effort, and money. And where home networking used to involveexpertise with protocols, wires, and power tools, new networking products let youbuild an effective network in minuteswithout drilling, without pullingcables, and in some cases even without using wires. Written in straightforward,easy-to-understand language, Mastering Home Networking
shows youhow to:
- Choose the network topology and technology that best suits yourhome and your needs
- Build a home network using Ethernet cables, your existingphonelines or powerlines, or wireless adapters
- Configure networking onWindows 95, Windows 98, the Macintosh, Windows 2000, Linux, andNetWare
- Design and build a home office that will enable you to telecommuteeffectively
- Administer networked users, groups, and shared resources
- Adde-mail, games, and applications to your network
- Run your own Web server toshare information with your household and friends
- Secure and troubleshootyour network
- Set up effective remote access so you can connect to your home network when you're on the road
Henricks offers comprehensive, step-by-step instructions for the millions of multiple-PC home users seeking information on how to design, install, and run home networks. CD includes anti-virus software, backups, games, and assorted utilities.
* Set up effective remote access so you can connect to your home network when you're on the road
About the Author
Mark Henricks is a writer with many years of experience translating technical topics for general audiences, including four years as a freelance contributing editor for PC World magazine and a stint as Technology columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. Author of Business Plans Made Easy from Entrepreneur Media, Henricks has also recently worked on the books Guerrilla Marketing for the Home-Based Business and AOL's Student's Guide to the Internet. His house in Austin is so wired that it puts the local electricity company to shame.
Table of Contents
Part I: NETWORKING NOW.
Chapter 1: Understanding Computer Networks.
Chapter 2: Why Networks Aren't Just for Offices.
Chapter 3: Who's Networking?
Chapter 4: Home Networking Technologies.
Chapter 5: Making a Smart Choice.
Part II: NETWORKING NUTS AND BOLTS.
Chapter 6: Ethernet Networks.
Chapter 7: Phoneline Networks.
Chapter 8: Powerline Networks.
Chapter 9: Wireless Networks.
Chapter 10: Other Networks.
Chapter 11: Shopping for Network Equipment.
Part III: NETWORK SOFTWARE.
Chapter 12: Windows 95/98.
Chapter 13: Networking with Macintosh Computers.
Chapter 14: Other Network Operating Systems.
Chapter 15: Other Network Software.
Part IV: USING YOUR NETWORK BETTER.
Chapter 16: Setting Up New Users.
Chapter 17: Setting Up Shared Resources.
Chapter 18: Advanced Networking.
Part V: NETWORKING HOUSEWORK.
Chapter 19: Disaster Prevention.
Chapter 20: Network Security.
Chapter 21: Troubleshooting.
A: Online Home Networking Resources.
B: Home Networking Consultants and Courses.
D: The Companion CD.