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Home Networking: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Scott Lowe
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Book Description

Millions of computers around the world today are connected by the Internet, so why is it still so hard to hook up a few PCs in you own home? Whether you want to share an Internet connection, install WiFi, or maybe just cut down on the number of printers you own, home networks are supposed to help make your life easier. Instead, most aspiring home networkers get lost in a confusing maze of terms and technologies: 802.11g, Fast Ethernet, Cat 5 cable (or was it Cat 5e?), Powerline, and on and confusingly on.That's where Home Networking: The Missing Manual comes in. Using clear language, straightforward explanations, and a dash of humor, this book shows you how to do everything you need to set up a home network. Coverage includes:WiFi, Ethernet, or Powerline? There are several kinds of digital pipes that you can use to create your network, and none of them have friendly names. This book tells you what they are, explains the pros and cons of each, and helps you figure out what you need to buy, and how to install it.Windows and Mac info included. Half the battle in home networking takes place after you've bought your gear and plugged it in. That's because the routers, network adapters, and cables that you need get you only part way towards networking nirvana. Whether you've got PCs or Macs or both, you'll need help tweaking your computers' settings if you want to get all your machines talking to each other. This book covers most known operating system flavors, including Windows XP, 2000, Me, and 98, and Mac OS X and OS 9.Fun things to do with your network. The real fun starts once your network is up and running. This book shows you how to do much more than simply share an Internet connection and a printer. You'll learn how to stream music from your PCs to your stereo, how to display pictures on your TV, how to hook up game consoles to your network, and more!Most important, this book helps you understand the difference between what you need to know to create and use your home network and what's best left to those looking for a career as a system administrator. In Home Networking: The Missing Manual you'll find everything you need to get your network running-and nothing more.

Editorial Reviews


" recommended reading for anyone who uses a PC and wants to embark on home networking, wireless or otherwise." BJHC&IM, March 2006

About the Author

Scott Lowe has been in the Information Technology field for 10 years, and has installed dozens of networks in environments ranging from homes with a few users, to small offices with a few dozen users, to sixty-building networks with a few thousand users. In addition to his position as the IT Director for the National Association of Attorneys General, he writes technical articles for CNet's Techrepublic unit. He's written more than 200 articles on a wide range of topics, from wireless security to installing web servers on Linux to discussions of tools for managing NetWare servers. The walls of his home are currently in the process of being patched up from his latest home networking venture.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2135 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3D0
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!!!! DOn't Try it Without This Book October 19, 2005
I wish I had read this book about three months ago. I bought a wireless router and a card for my laptop. I set up the network. I could get on the internet now from the laptop -- I was thrilled.

Then I tried to print. Nothing.

Then I tried file sharing. Nothing.

If I had a new laptop, it would have been no problem, but I have an ancient laptop -- a Pentium 1, 166Mhz machine running Windows 98. And I had no clue what to do.

I'm still not really sure how I got everything to work right. I messed with settings and finally got it working. I can print, and share files. But it took me a lot of mucking around with things that I really didn't feel qualified to muck around with.

As I read this book, I kept saying "I should have done THAT!! Why didn't I do THAT? So THAT'S what that does!" Slapped myself on the forehead a few times, too. It was bad -- my head still hurts.

This book breaks the process of setting up a home network down into managable steps. It talks about both Windows and Mac OS setup, and shows easy ways to get the two operating systems talking to each other. It shows how to set up wireless AND regular networks -- it even mentions Powerline networking, and shows how it can be used to extend an existing network. Everything you need to start networking at home is right here, in one volume.

I learned several things that I'm planning on using in the near future. One problem with my home systems is the lack of storage space. This book shows how to set up networked storage using USB hard drives and a Linksys Network Storage Link. I've also been introduced to Apple's AirPort Express, which I would already own if I had seen it before.

This book is essential for anyone who is going to set up a home network. If you've done that already, read the book anyway. You might get some ideas for things that you can do with your network that you hadn't thought of before.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Deals with the basics only December 12, 2005
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This book is a good introduction to the basics of networking, but provides very little "advanced" information. Most of what's in the book can be found on any number of web sites dedicated to the subject of networking. I was looking for more of an understanding of the nitty gritty details of computer networks, but didn't find what I was looking for in this book. There's very little troubleshooting information, which is a surprise given how often "troubles" arise when networking computers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly wide range August 2, 2005
Not only does this book cover the usual topics you would expect; Windows networking, Macintosh networking, hard wire, wireless, routing and firewalls. It also covers topics like XBox and TiVo networking. All of the in a compact little 250 page frame.

The coverage is end-user centric as you would expect given the title and the series. There are some tips for power users, but primarily the focus in the home user. There are some diversions like gaming lingo, but otherwise this is a solid and terse read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best for network neophytes October 19, 2005
This book is most likely to be useful to computer networking neophytes--but probably _not_ to someone who has already built networks. In other words, if you have worked around IT and networks for several years, it may not be for you. But it might be just the thing to give your friend who wants to network his computers and doesn't know where to start--before you start helping him string cables.

It starts with explanations of the basics--for example, discussions of wired and wireless networks, the three types of network adapters (PCI, USB, and PC card), and the purpose of routers.

Networking of Windows computers, Macs, and combinations of them, are all included.

Some major topics are

. Ethernet, powerline, and wireless (WiFi) (a chapter for each)

. Criteria for choosing from among these, including a "How does the future look?" comparison--useful to avoid being stuck with orphan technology.

. Components used in the network, with their descriptions and purposes

. Steps in setting up the network (here one might wish to consult the instructions specific to the equipment used, but this book provides useful background)

. Chapters on configuration details (naming computers, user accounts, sharing files and printers, etc.

. Networking Macs, Windows computers, and combinations thereof

. Remote use (GoToMyPC, etc.)

One other nice feature of the book is its brevity--about 250 pages. Coverage of Linux might be worth adding a few more pages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great How-To Guide To Home Networking August 10, 2005
Back years ago when I first had 2 computers running in my home, I needed get the internet working on both machines. At that time (around 4 years ago), there was no quick how-to guide available to quickly decipher how to accomplish a task that is so easily available for today's PCs and Macs. I eventually got that home networking set up for those 2 computers but I finally gave up on the file sharing, having a hard enough time setting up the Internet sharing.

Fast forward to today, and not only have operating systems come a long way with Windows XP and Macintosh X, but the availability of books/guides have taken a giant leap forward as well. With Scott Lowe's "Home Networking: THe Missing Manual" you will quickly get your home networking set up, and you'll have a fun time doing so. In Mr. Lowe's book, not only do you learn configurations, hardware, and the history of how we got where we are today, you will also learn about the fun things that you can do once your home network is up and running (and with this book it won't take very long to do just that). From streaming music to viewing photos on your TV, this book is a fantastic reference for anyone that is trying to set up a network at home -- and wants to understand how it all works!!

This is a great guide written in a very enjoyable manner and I would recommend to anyone that wants to have multiple computers hooked up at home or if you just want to learn more about how to accomplish such a feat.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 months ago by Harold L Ross
1.0 out of 5 stars If this manual goes missing, you haven't lost a thing.
This book is too basic for the home network. Maybe OK if you want to set a network up in a single room, but maybe I am being too harsh. Sorry Scott.
Published 6 months ago by Philip
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but dated
There is a lot of useful info in this book, but the ad should mention that it was published in 2005. It talks as if WiFi was something new, and it discusses Mac OS 9. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fang1944
3.0 out of 5 stars Home Networking, the Missing Manual
Good for basics, I'm using it on much older gear and doing the basics for fun, running old versions of Winblows and Linux. Read more
Published on December 12, 2012 by just being Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars hip bone connected to the...
Lots about how to assemble and connect and initialize all the necessary hardware components. Very little about how to get MS Windows to orchestrate the network functionality. Read more
Published on May 13, 2008 by F. Masterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Your guide to home networking
If new to networking stop, look, and read Home Networking: The Missing Manual. Scott Lowe did it again by explaining the how to establish a network for your computer(s) and... Read more
Published on April 15, 2007 by navyorf
3.0 out of 5 stars It still doesn't work
The book is clear and it's easy to follow the steps in setting up a home network. Unfortunately the book assumes nothing will go wrong and when it does,and it did for me, there are... Read more
Published on August 24, 2006 by R. Davoren
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST
This manual explained many things in a simple format. I would recommend it to ANYONE who is not well versed in home networking. It is easy to read and understand. Read more
Published on February 12, 2006 by D. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wished I'd had this a year ago...
Boy, I wish I had this book about a year ago... Home Networking - The Missing Manual by Scott Lowe... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by Thomas Duff
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