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Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step [Kindle Edition]

Ciprian Adrian Rusen , 7 Tutorials
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Book Description

Teach yourself how to use the networking features in Windows 7
to connect your home computers, even if they use different operating
systems. With Step by Step, you set the pace -- building and practicing
the skills you need, just when you need them!
  • Network your Windows 7-based PCs and set up security
  • Add a Mac or Linux-based computer
  • Share printers, devices, and files with everyone in your home
  • Stream media over your network or to a remote PC
  • Tweak your network and sharing settings
  • Troubleshoot problems and perform easy maintenance
Your Step by Step digital content includes:
  • Fully searchable online edition of this book -- with unlimited access on the Web

Editorial Reviews


"It's a great book, with loads of information, and compared to most tech books isn't very expensive. Well worth it, and hey, it's an official Microsoft Press book--written by a How-To Geek guest author." - Lowell Heddings,

Book Description

Build exactly the skills you need. Learn at the pace you want.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18239 KB
  • Print Length: 550 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cohesive and focused, even with five authors January 30, 2011
By deoren
(Full disclosure: This book was provided for review at no cost to me)

Note: This book is geared towards a reader who is familiar with software installation and configuration. It also assumes you have a network card installed. This is mentioned in the introduction along with other requirements.

Expecting the book would be too basic for a SysAdmin, I still learned some new things. It was surprising that a book with five authors stayed both cohesive and focused.

Good Points:

* Instructions are detailed and accompanied by screen shots. Some steps are duplicated, but this helps each section stand on its own and references to relevant chapters are given.
* Both routers covered (in detail) are realistic choices based on popularity/price.
* WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) is discouraged and readers are encouraged to use WPA2-PSK to secure their wireless network.
* The authors went beyond just networking your systems and also covered built-in security tools such as Microsoft Update, Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.
* Operating systems other than the book's focus (Windows 7) are covered including Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X 10.6, and even Ubuntu GNU/Linux 10.10.

One thing I might change would be the 35 pages spent in chapter 9 prepping Windows Media Player 12 for content streaming. However, it could be argued that this was necessary in order to give a more realistic starting point.

All in all, I would recommend this book to those looking to incorporate Windows 7 into their home network.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy guide for the netork novice. July 12, 2011
I believe this is intended for the novice and should help them setup a network for a variety of devices. There are loads of screen shots that should make the process easier. Chapters 10, 11, and 12 are helpful because the average home user will need a heterogeneous network. Make sure you also read chapter 13 on network security. No need to read the entire book. Just pick and choose what you need and set it aside until you decide to further enhance your network.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really for novices or the faint of heart July 18, 2011
This book is well written and documented, serving well as compendium of useful networking concepts and instructions, clearly illustrated and explained Similar to most technical books, I cannot imagine someone reading the book cover to cover, however skipping around among topics of need or interest appears to be the most valid way to use this book. Furtherrmore, I suspect the average computer user is challenged by the concepts of networking, though those willing to spend some time and effort could increase their competency and make themselves more proficient at networking their personal computing environment using the material contained in this book. In summary this book challenges the novice, may enlighten the proficient, and may even have some gems for the expert. I recommend this book to those who are looking to take the next step in the world of networking and have the will to learn.

Thomas Eckle

(I received a pdf copy of this book gratis so as to facilitate this review)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Can I tell you how much I LOVE this book? The instructions in Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step by Ciprian Adrian Rusen are so clear and easy to follow, now:

1. Even my parents can network their devices (because I bought them a copy of this book)!
2. I can keep my kids off the computer(s!) between certain hours (mmmuhh--hhwaahhh--hhhhaaa...)!
3. My sister can figure out what is wrong with her wireless router (really--because I bought her a copy, too)!
4. I don't have to travel to troubleshoot (oh, how I love to sleep in...)!

If you are looking for a way out of fixing your kinfolk's Windows 7 networking issues, too, then this is the book for you--and them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Practical Book March 16, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am reasonably technically knowledgeable. I know how to set up a router, a bridge, mess around with with IP addresses and so on. There were two computers one Windows 7, the other Windows XP, on which I was trying to set up file sharing. IP addresses on the network were fine, the computers could ping each other, and I could not get file sharing to work. It was one of those "there is something obvious you are not doing, it is staring you in the face, and you are not seeing it" situations. I searched through my Windows references, went online, and found nothing, spending hours and hours. Finally, it occurred to me to open this book, which I had sitting around and ignoring because it was "too simple." I turned to Chapter 10, "Sharing Between Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Computers." I went step-by-step. If it told me to right click on something, I right clicked. If it told me to blow my nose, I blew my nose. FINALLY, I came to the missing steps. Things worked! I think I love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever! December 9, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been working on computers for 44 years (since 1968) and this is the ONLY book on networking that has made any sense and been of any value to me. What a steal at any price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ask Felgall - Book Review December 22, 2011
For anyone who has more than one computer or other device that can be networked, this book will provide a lot of what you need to know to get your home network set up to work as efficiently and securely as possible. While the main emphasis of the book is on Windows 7, all of the other operating systems that your devices might reasonably expected to use are also covered including how to get all of the different operating systems to work together on the one network.

The book covers all of the relevant topics in a logical order starting with how to configure your router, setting up user accounts, creating the network, customising sharing options, working with devices, streaming media, different operating systems, securing the network and finishing with troubleshooting.

If you just read through the book from cover to cover, some of the information may appear repetitive because each section is designed to stand alone. Where different operating systems have similar options for performing the same task those options get mentioned separately under each operating system. For some parts of the setup such as configuring the router there are too many different alternatives for the book to include them all.In these instances the book includes the instructions for a couple of different alternatives which together with the information supplied with the device should provide you with sufficient information to figure out how to deal with your specific device.

The book also covers a large number of Windows 7 only features which illustrates just how much Microsoft has done with that operating system to make it far easier to use as the basis for a modern home computer network. An entire chapter is also dedicated to media streaming which is possibly one of the most popular new uses for computer networks. The one aspect of streaming not covered is how to stream through onto a television.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Provided the information I was looking for.
Published 20 days ago by Baldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of information if you have the time and patients to set up a couple of computers
Published 4 months ago by Loren H
5.0 out of 5 stars great value at a great price
more information in here than you can imagine... I have just started reading it.
Published 8 months ago by tomcatrebel
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted it for my library
Good info for transitioning from XP to 7 or 8 and linking between the two. Almost too much information. There are other good sources out there.
Published 8 months ago by John R. Bachtel
2.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE VERSION!!
Kindle version has no table of contents!! If I had known this I would not have purchased the Kindle edition. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Norval
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Product
I found this book very helpful when sitting up my home net workl. I have order several products from Amazon and enjoyed them all!
Published 12 months ago by Terrys
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!! that is a very good bok to learn the operative system of Windows...
yes!! that is a very good bok to learn the operative system of Windows 7,and the best among other boks
Published on March 10, 2013 by German Muller
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money
This book did not help me any more than the information that is already on the web. It was definitely a waste of money for me because it didn't help me solve my problem, so I... Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by veggie girl
1.0 out of 5 stars did not deliver what it promised by the title
what it covers is good IF you have win 7 but it does not cover other devices very well such as connecting a tablet to your router so we have no idea how to network our DEVICES... Read more
Published on December 30, 2012 by the olde professor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference book
Both for the beginner and us who have forgotten some of those little tricks we used to use. Very good reference source. Read more
Published on December 17, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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