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DSL For Dummies Paperback – June 23, 2000

ISBN-13: 078-5555030305 ISBN-10: 076450715X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 23, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076450715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764507151
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although the stated goal of this book is to help you choose the best DSL (digital subscriber line) service, DSL for Dummies does a nifty job of going beyond the basics and explaining all the technological issues you must consider before you venture into the world of high-speed Internet access.

DSL is a high-speed Internet service that runs over existing telephone lines. Unfortunately, getting it installed in your home is often a trying experience. David Angell addresses the problems typically associated with installing DSL service and provides helpful hints regarding what you should look for in a service provider.

Angell also deftly explains the equipment involved in obtaining DSL access, particularly the DSL modem, and gives a solid overview of the different types of modem available and the installation issues involved. (Although he mentions that notebook users can use PC Card network interface cards (NICs) for connection with a modem, he doesn't point out that USB, because it doesn't require additional equipment, is the better option.) He also does a good job of explaining DSL issues specific to Windows NT and Windows 2000, as well as how to share DSL access in homes or offices that have more than one computer.

If you're considering upgrading your plodding dial-up connection to DSL, you'd do well to consult DSL for Dummies before taking the plunge. --John Frederick Moore

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"...clearly written chapters on what to look for and what to avoid." -- Staten Island Advance, May 28, 2000

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Angell's "DSL for Dummies" is an informative book on what DSL is, what one can do with DSL, and how does one purchase DSL. There are lists of service and equipment providers, applications of DSL, a section on IP networking and security, and advice on the benefits of different providers. As an added bonus, there is a convenient crib-sheet containing information on provider URLs, DSL flavors, a DSL shopping checklist, and a list of questions to ask when inquiring about DSL service. If you are looking to purchase DSL service or are just interested in learning more about the technology and uses of DSL, then "DSL for Dummies" by David Angell is for you. This book is thorough and informative without being overbearing. The information is organized in a way that allows for easy reference while purchasing or using DSL service. This book will allow the reader to sort out and choose providers and services, and help make the most of DSL. This book is a necessary companion in one's quest for DSL services, an inexpensive high-speed data access solution.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristine DuBois on February 17, 2000
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This book has all the basics needed for the average consumer. I am a sales rep for DSL services for a major ISP and bought this to have on hand for some of the harder questions that we get! I highly recommend it for anyone considering purchasing any type of DSL service! It is very straight forward and easy to understand! It helps to explain the different types of technologies, the difference between the phone companies and third party vendors, etc. Definitely worth the investment!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David M. Ng on December 6, 2000
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This book provides good information if you are shopping for DSL service. Part I talks about the DSL service itself. I finally understood the different types of companies that are involved: you'll have a phone line provided by the telephone company, a DSL provider supplies DSL service over the phone line, and the DSL service connects you to an Internet service provider. This part also talks about things to consider when comparing DSL offerings. Part II talks about connecting your DSL service to your computer or network. It covers TCP/IP, DSL customer equipment (DSL modems and routers), security (make sure you get a firewall of some kind), and sharing your DSL connection among several computers. Part III provides detailed instructions on setting up your computer or network. There are chapters on connecting Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Macintosh. Hopefully you won't need this information-your DSL provider should supply specific instructions. Part IV describes how you can take advantage of your new high-speed, always-on connection. This is the weakest part of the book. It gives an overview of applications you can now take advantage of, but without the detail that makes the earlier parts of the book so valuable. It does provide a nice discussion of virtual private networks. The two chapters in the "Part of Tens" (the traditional ending for a Dummies book) seemed redundant. In summary, this is an excellent book for prospective DSL customers that clearly explains how DSL works and how to set it up.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Shultis on November 21, 1999
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With the number of "dummies" books on the market you never know how they are going to be. This one explains DSL, and how it works in excellent detail, but at a level that the beginner should understand. This dummies book is for everyone, not just dummies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken Friedman on June 17, 2000
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I purchased the prior edition since I am actively considering installing DSL now for my home business. This book is a must read for anyone who is thinking installing DSL in their home/office. Well written and easily understood, the author makes this difficult subject easy to understand and makes the subject totally comprehensible. It is a tremendous help to me in researching who, what, when, why, and how I will install DSL.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2002
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Although "DSL for Dummies" contains some useful information, one can't help but feel cheated by its extremely poor organization and inflated size.
The information in this book could have been presented clearly and concisely in about 40 well-written pages, but to make it a book the author and editors have resorted to simply repeating the same information over and over (not in an edifying way, but in a copy-and-paste kind of way). In fact, much of the book has nothing to do with DSL but instead constitutes a list of all the great things one can do with the Internet.
The most annoying part is that all of this has less to do with incompetence than a calculated desire to inflate the size (and price) of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Andersson on August 22, 2001
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I am not shopping for a DSL connection, I bought this book for a completely different reason. I work for a supplier of DSL equipment (both network side and CPE) and I recently had to argue for our solutions to an ILEC (not in the U.S./Canada) with whom we were trying to do business. What we in the business calls "access networks" were new to me, so in addition to a quick technical overview I needed to know how ILECs/CLECs/ISPs position themselves with their services; I needed to know how they planned to make their money. (Also we ex-techies need to become bean-counters of sorts...) DSL for Dummies actually provided that. It also gave me an explanation of the most common buzzwords and abbreviations so I could hold my own when talking to the real DSL nerds. I would have liked to see more what's going on on the other side of the DSLAM (the datanetwork to the ISP), that would have added the fifth star.
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