Home Networking: The Missing Manual Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0596005580
ISBN-10: 059600558X
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"...is 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.


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  • File Size: 3053 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 059600558X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3D0
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By Warren Kelly VINE VOICE on October 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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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.

**** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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