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Wi-Fi Home Networking Just the Steps For Dummies
is the way to go if you’re ready to go wireless and install your own wireless home network. The book’s easy-to-navigate design features two columns, with numbered step-by-step instructions on one side and corresponding illustrations, screen shots, or photos on the other. There’s no fluff, just the vital stuff—Just The Steps
you need to get up to speed fast. This guide covers common networking tasks, including:
- Setting up wireless access points and configuring your network
- Adding wireless devices to your network
- Activating Wi-Fi Security, managing firewalls, and preventing unauthorized network users
You don’t have to leave WI-Fi behind when you leave home; this practical reference tells you how to find public hotspots where you can use your Wi-Fi-equipped portable computer and how to network wirelessly with your pocket PC. It covers practical applications like creating a network bridge or adding wireless network storage, plus fun ways to use your tech toys to integrate and enhance your digital life, such as:
- Setting up a wireless media center so you can use a computer for streaming media, as a TV tuner, as a digital video recorder, or to integrate with your TV and home entertainment system
- Turning your pocket PC into a remote control
- Adding a wireless camera to your network
Even if your current system with its cables, wires, and convoluted connections works, it’s time to cut the cord. Going wireless gives you many advantages and new options. So take the first step—get this book.
Just the steps you need to design and install a wireless network
...for great results
Search for Wireless Networks
- Double-click the wireless connection icon in the Windows system tray.
- In the Wireless Network Connection Status dialog box, shown in Figure 3-11, click the View Wireless Networks button.
- In the resulting Wireless Network Connectionwindow, shown in Figure 3-12, click RefreshNetwork List in the Network Tasks menu on the left side of the screen.
Use the Wireless Network Connection window to manage your network connections. You can connect or disconnect from networks and change the order of preferred networks when more than one is available.
Get ready to
- Set up wireless access points
- Secure your network
- Boost network performance
- Troubleshoot common problems
- Add peripherals like game consoles
- Find and use public hotspots
About the Author
Keith Underdahl is an electronic publishing specialist, network administrator, and freelance writer from Oregon. He has written numerous books, including 50 Fast Windows XP Techniques, Digital Video For Dummies, 4th Edition, Adobe Premiere Elements For Dummies, and more.
Table of Contents
Part I: Starting a Wireless Network.
Chapter 1: Setting Up Wireless Access Points.
Chapter 2: Configuring Your Network.
Chapter 3: Adding Wireless Devices to Your Network.
Chapter 4: Using Your Wireless Network.
Chapter 5: Wireless Networking with Your Mac.
Part II: Securing Your Network.
Chapter 6: Activating Wi-Fi Security.
Chapter 7: Managing Firewalls and Network Security.
Chapter 8: Preventing Unauthorized Network Users.
Part III: Improving Your Network’s Performance.
Chapter 9: Monitoring Network Performance.
Chapter 10: Improving the Speed and Range of Your Network.
Chapter 11: Troubleshooting Network Problems.
Part IV: Using Someone Else’s Network.
Chapter 12: Finding and Using Public Hotspots.
Chapter 13: Making Ad Hoc Peer-to-Peer Wireless Connections.
Chapter 14: Using Bluetooth Devices.
Chapter 15: Networking Wirelessly with Your Pocket PC.
Part V: Practical Applications.
Chapter 16: Project: Creating a Network Bridge.
Chapter 17: Project: Networking a Game Console.
Chapter 18: Project: Setting Up a Wireless Media Center.
Chapter 19: Project: Adding Wireless Network Storage.
Chapter 20: Project: Connecting to a Digital Media Receiver.
Chapter 21: Project: Turning Your Pocket PC into a Remote Control.
Chapter 22: Project: Adding a Wireless Print Server to Your Network.
Chapter 23: Project: Setting Up Your Own Hotspot.
Chapter 24: Project: Voice Chatting With Your Wireless Network.
Chapter 25: Project: Adding a Wireless Camera to Your Network.