- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (November 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470877251
- ISBN-13: 978-0470877258
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Do you need a wireless network? Sure you do, and here's the easy way to get one
The world's going wireless! A wireless network is for more than just computers; appliances, game consoles, and even your thermostat may have wireless capabilities. This fully updated version of the number one book on wireless home networking is packed cover to cover with everything you need to know to plan, install, and use a wireless network in your home.
The shopping list — find out what equipment you'll need and what to look for when shopping
You have standards — understand industry standards and how 802.11n affects you
It's in the plan — plan your network with an eye to security, the types of devices you'll be connecting, your Internet provider, and more
Roll up your sleeves — follow step-by-step instructions to install your network
Oh, the things you can do — share peripherals, use your network for storage, exchange files between Macs and PCs, and more
Now the fun stuff — configure your network for gaming or connect devices into a knockout home entertainment system
Get going — explore mobile networking, Bluetooth, and how to find hot spots away from home
Open the book and find:
How to wirelessly control your home
Instructions for Windows 7 and Mac OS X Snow Leopard
When you do want to use wires
Suggestions for devices to connect
Where you should (and shouldn't) install your access point
Important advice on securing your network
Things you can do with Bluetooth
Ten troubleshooting tips
Consider financial and logistical issues when planning a wireless network
Design, install, and use a wireless LAN
Keep your network security up to date
Plan for the Wi-Fi capability of yourmobile devices
About the Author
Danny Briere is CEO and founder of TeleChoice, Inc., which provides strategic consulting services to businesses.
Pat Hurley is a TeleChoice consultant specializing in emerging telecommunications technologies. They are coauthors of Smart Homes For Dummies, Home Theater For Dummies, and HDTV For Dummies.
Top customer reviews
This handy little book went a long way toward helping me figure it all out. It assumes a basic knowledge of computers in general, but goes on to explain in plain English what wireless networking is, what it can do, and how you can do it. There are also little sidebars of more technical background information if you're so inclined, but you can ignore these and still get what you need to know from the main body of information.
You will get good information on what equipment to buy (and not buy), how to set it up, pitfalls you may encounter, and much is written about the all-important wireless security measures you must take. Whether you simply want to network one desktop and one laptop, or go all out and turn your home into the Starship Enterprise, this book will help you.
It does tend to get a little redundant in some areas, and of course there are the obligatory shameless plugs for other "dummies" books, but imo, these are not worth knocking a star off. And the authors readily admit that they are writing in generalities, as all homes and all systems are different, and have different requirements. So after reading this book, you will still need to do some further research to find specifically what works for you.
But bottom line, I would highly recommend this book, whether you are a newbie to wireless, or just want to update yourself on the newest trends and technology. To me, it was well worth the price paid.
I have used many Dummies books in the past and decided to rely on one for my planned network. "Wireless Home Networking for Dummies" by Briere and Hurley filled the bill in an excellent manner. Some regard the thoroughness (some call it repetition) of Dummies books as a drawback but for the less-than-totally-expert technician, they are well and truly invaluable. Most contain some odd bits of humor which some regard as corny, but the lighter notes provide some comfort when feeling overwhelmed by a task.
I was networking two new Intel Macs, a couple of printers and external drives, driven by an Apple Airport Extreme receiving signal from my internet provider's cable and my modem. Briere and Hurley guided me through the process, making sure that appropriate consideration was given to security through the use of names and passwords where advisable. The end result was a fully working network on the first try. Anybody driving by the house would need a large van full of decryption stuff to break into my network. Accommodation for a guest user of the network was provided as well as procedures for introducing Windows computers to the network.
Although my interest was obviously Apple-related, the book is an equal-opportunity tome and thorough attention is given to constructing wireless networks around Windows-based equipment. This book is HIGHLY recommended.
understand home networking and get your own system up and working. It
would probably be best to read the first chapters of the book before
going out and purchasing any networking gear. The author explains what to
look for in new gear and points out compatibility problems with older gear.
The book is well worth its cost.