Having a network in your home increases work efficiency and minimizes confusion. If you want to set up a network in your home but you’re not quite sure where to start, then Home Networking for Dummies makes it easy for you to become your household’s network administrator. Now fully updated with information on the newest technology in networking available, this quick and to-the-point walkthrough will show you how to install Web connections in your entire home, whether by wires, cables, or WiFi. This resourceful guide illustrates:
- Planning and installing your network
- The differences between Ethernet cable, phone lines, and wireless technology
- Configuring computer sharing
- Setting up and managing users
- Installing, managing, and troubleshooting the network printer
- Understanding UNC format, mapping drives, and traveling on the network
- Working with remote files
- Securing your network from viruses, spyware, and other baddies
Along with the basics, this book introduces fun ways to use your network, including sharing music, keeping shopping lists, creating photo albums, setting up a family budget, and instant messaging. It also provides ways to keep your network safe for kids, such as talking to your child about the Internet, creating site filters, and ISP E-mail filtering features. With this trusty guide your home will be fully connected and you’ll be working more efficiently in no time!
About the Author
Kathy Ivens has written more than 50 books about computers and has spent lots of years installing corporate networks. She’s a Senior Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine and runs multiple computer networks in her own home.
Table of Contents
Part I: Network Basics.
Chapter 1: Planning the Lay of the LAN.
Chapter 2: Installing Network Adapters.
Chapter 3: Installing Ethernet Cable.
Chapter 4: Using Wires That Are Already There.
Chapter 5: Look Ma, No Wires.
Part II: Configuring Computers for Networking.
Chapter 6: Putting It All Together.
Chapter 7: Configuring Computer Sharing.
Chapter 8: Setting Up Users.
Part III: Communicating Across the Network.
Chapter 9: Printing Across the Network.
Chapter 10: Getting Around the Neighborhood.
Chapter 11: Using Files from Other Computers.
Part IV: Network Security and Maintenance.
Chapter 12: Making Your Network Secure.
Chapter 13: Disaster Planning and Recovery.
Chapter 14: Using Windows Maintenance Tools.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Clever Things to Do on Your Network.
Chapter 16: Ten Fun Things to Do on Your Network.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Make the Internet Safe for Children.