- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 23, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076450715X
- ISBN-13: 978-0764507151
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 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: #241,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DSL For Dummies 2nd Edition
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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
"...clearly written chapters on what to look for and what to avoid." -- Staten Island Advance, May 28, 2000
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DSL for Dummies was disappointing. It was pre-ownership material. I was hoping for tricks to help navigate DSL which had already been installed on my computer. Read morePublished on September 30, 2005 by MYRA RUNYON
Good for Intro & overall picture of the xDSL how-to in the Windows platform prospective-straight to the point. Read morePublished on September 30, 2001 by JJStarBug
I think most of the reviewers who gave this book a low rating were annoyed because they already knew material covered in the book. Read morePublished on June 13, 2001
I read this book mainly because I needed a quick overview of DSL technology before investing in it for home use. Read morePublished on April 21, 2001 by Joe Buchberger
This is probably one of the most dry dummies books out there. The author has a lot of good information, however it has multiple errors throughout. Read morePublished on March 23, 2001
The author was struggling to fill an entire book with information. The pertinent stuff could have been condensed into an article. Read morePublished on October 31, 2000 by chris