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Wireless home networks are better than ever! The emergence of new industry standards has made them easier, more convenient, less expensive to own and operate. Still, you need to know what to look for (and look out for), and the expert guidance you’ll find in Wireless Home Networks For Dummies, 3rd
Edition helps you ensure that your wire-free life is also a hassle-free life!
This user-friendly, plain-English guide delivers all of the tips, tricks, and knowledge you need to plan your wireless home network, evaluate and select the equipment that will work best for you, install and configure your wireless network, and much more. You’ll find out how to share your Internet connection over your network, as well as files, printers, and other peripherals. And, you’ll learn how to avoid the “gotchas” that can creep in when you least expect them. Discover how to:
- Choose the right networking equipment
- Install and configure your wireless network
- Integrate Bluetooth into your network
- Work with servers, gateways, routers, and switches
- Connect audiovisual equipment to your wireless network
- Play wireless, multiuser computer games
- Establish and maintain your network’s security
- Troubleshoot networking problems
- Improve network performance
- Understand 802.11n
Whether you’re working with Windows PCs, Mac OS X machines, or both Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, 3rd Edition, makes it fast and easy to get your wireless network up and running—and keep it that way!
- A new edition of the fun and easy way to discover how to share Internet connections and files across a wireless network, access hot spots, and add on cool peripherals
- Guides readers through the various financial and logistical considerations that need to be taken into account before building a wireless network at home
- Discusses the basics of planning, installing, and using wireless LANs
- Updated to cover all 802.11 standards, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Z-Wave, and discusses how to stay current with the latest technologies
Covers Wi-Fi (including 802.11n) Bluetooth, ZigBee, and more
Share stuff safely and wirelessly on Windows PCs or Mac OS X machines
Why go wireless? It's easy, convenient, inexpensive, and, with the emergence of new industry standards, better than ever! These experts know what you should look for (and look out for). They'll walk you through the pros and cons of the different standards, planning and installing your network, setting up security, and getting the most from your investment.
Discover how to:
Choose the right networking equipment
Integrate Bluetooth® into your network
Work with servers, gateways, routers, and switches
Protect your network from intruders
- Leads the reader through the various financial and logistical considerations that should be taken into account before building a wireless network at home.
- Covers the basics of planning, installing and using wireless LANs. It also covers security issues and how to stay current with the fast moving technology.
- Cuts through both the hype and the jargon to deliver need-to-know information.
- Fully updated for all 802.11 standards, including a, b, g and n (otherwise known as Wi-Fi), Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and more.
About the Author
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 Smart Homes For Dummies,
3rd Edition, HDTV For Dummies,
2nd Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies,
and Home Theater For Dummies,
2nd Edition (all published by Wiley). 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.
Pat Hurley is director of research 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 Smart Homes For Dummies, 3rd Edition, HDTV For Dummies, 2nd Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies, 2nd Edition (all published by Wiley). He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, beautiful daughter, and two smelly and unruly dogs.
Edward Ferris is a consultant and director of information systems with TeleChoice, Inc., specializing in information management, wired and wireless networking, and security technologies. He has extensive experience with all the latest VOIP technologies: SIP, vPBX, Hybrid PBX, QoS, and packet labeling and switching. Ed frequently consults with companies looking to tighten information security, develop scalable technology plans, and expand network and client support operations. He has written many training and technology manuals for corporate use and has created custom training materials and seminars for numerous applications and business processes. He lives in Norwood, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.
Table of Contents
Part I: Wireless Networking Fundamentals.
Chapter 1: Introducing Wireless Home Networking.
Chapter 2: From a to n and b-yond.
Chapter 3: Bluetooth and Other Wireless Networks.
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 a Wireless Windows Network.
Chapter 8: Setting Up a Wireless Mac Network.
Chapter 9: Securing Your Wireless Home Network.
Part IV: Using a Wireless Network.
Chapter 10: Putting Your Wireless Home Network to Work.
Chapter 11: Gaming Over a Wireless Home Network.
Chapter 12: Networking Your Entertainment Center.
Chapter 13: Using Your Wireless Network for Phone Calls.
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 to Connect to Your Wireless Network in the Future.
Chapter 20: Top Ten Sources for More Information.