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Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide [Paperback]

Brian Underdahl
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Aug. 31 2004 1587201275 978-1587201271 1

The only home networking book you'll ever need

Setting up a home network doesn't need to be difficult. You can use this easy-to-understand reference to set up your home network, secure it, and turn it into an entertainment network. Don't be fooled by other guides-it can be this simple:

  • It's Easy-Set up your home network with this visual step-by-step guide.
  • Quit Wasting Time and Money-Buy the network gadgets and equipment you need.
  • Make It Secure-Use simple tips to make your network secure.
  • Wow the Neighbors-Turn your home network into an entertainment network.
  • What Went Wrong-Fix common problems you might encounter while setting up your network.

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The only home networking book you'll ever need

Setting up a home network doesn't need to be difficult. You can use this easy-to-understand reference to set up your home network, secure it, and turn it into an entertainment network. Don't be fooled by other guides-it can be this simple:

  • It's Easy-Set up your home network with this visual step-by-step guide.
  • Quit Wasting Time and Money-Buy the network gadgets and equipment you need.
  • Make It Secure-Use simple tips to make your network secure.
  • Wow the Neighbors-Turn your home network into an entertainment network.
  • What Went Wrong-Fix common problems you might encounter while setting up your network.

About the Author

Brian Underdahl is a best-selling author, who has authored or coauthored more than 65 titles. He has written or contributed to a number of successful consumer-oriented titles, including Create Your Own DVDs, PC Magazine Technology Almanac 2004, and Build Your Own PC Home Entertainment System.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dummies Guide from Cisco with Linksys Plugs Dec 6 2008
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Not that many years ago, many people felt they needed either a technician or a 12-year-old to install and set-up a PC. Many homes now are starting to have more than one PC. Yet broadband connections and high quality printers are expensive if you buy one for each PC. How can those costs be reduced? Add a home network.

Before you faint with anxiety, look at this very simple book. It will guide you through the few technical questions you need to address and give you complete and simple directions you can easily follow (but feel free to recruit a 12-year-old to help you).

Before you are done reading, you will also realize that you may also benefit from being able to put noisy printers in quiet places, eliminate cables, and do lots of neat applications (like visually monitor your children's rooms and front door) with your network.

If you are like me, you've heard that wireless networks can easily be hacked into. This book tells you how to address those very real security problems.

As I stand on the brink of our first home network, I am clutching this book in both hands . . . and am ready to launch myself into familial shared cyberspace saying, "I think I can do it. I think I can do it. I think I can do it." And I know you can!

The only annoying quality about this book comes from the many plugs for Linksys products. But that's better than not having photographs and examples, so I bore with it.

This book is not only simple; you can read it very quickly.

It could have been greatly improved though by concentrating the material throughout around whether you want a wired or wireless network after providing an initial chapter that helped you choose one or the other. Now, you have to slog through every page to find all the information you need for one or the other. Perhaps in a future edition, this book will be updated to deal with that problem.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Expanded Linksys Manual Jan. 22 2006
By K. Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
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This would be an excellent getting started guide if it was included with a Linksys product, but it is disappointing as a separate purchase. Most of the step-by-step instructions presume that you have purchased a Linksys product. If you use another brand, this book may not give you much help. Even if you have a Linksys product, don't expect much coverage of intermediate or advanced topics. For instance, the book mentions remotely controlling a network computer, but it doesn't explain how to do it other than to briefly mention a few programs. I was expecting a little better coverage based on the previous reviews.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dummies Guide from Cisco with Linksys Plugs April 10 2005
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Not that many years ago, many people felt they needed either a technician or a 12-year-old to install and set-up a PC. Many homes now are starting to have more than one PC. Yet broadband connections and high quality printers are expensive if you buy one for each PC. How can those costs be reduced? Add a home network.

Before you faint with anxiety, look at this very simple book. It will guide you through the few technical questions you need to address and give you complete and simple directions you can easily follow (but feel free to recruit a 12-year-old to help you).

Before you are done reading, you will also realize that you may also benefit from being able to put noisy printers in quiet places, eliminate cables, and do lots of neat applications (like visually monitor your children's rooms and front door) with your network.

If you are like me, you've heard that wireless networks can easily be hacked into. This book tells you how to address those very real security problems.

As I stand on the brink of our first home network, I am clutching this book in both hands . . . and am ready to launch myself into familial shared cyberspace saying, "I think I can do it. I think I can do it. I think I can do it." And I know you can!

The only annoying quality about this book comes from the many plugs for Linksys products. But that's better than not having photographs and examples, so I bore with it.

This book is not only simple; you can read it very quickly.

It could have been greatly improved though by concentrating the material throughout around whether you want a wired or wireless network after providing an initial chapter that helped you choose one or the other. Now, you have to slog through every page to find all the information you need for one or the other. Perhaps in a future edition, this book will be updated to deal with that problem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Not Long Ago You Didn't Even Have One Computer Sept. 21 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Believe it or not, there was a time - long, long ago and far, far away - when homes didn't have even one computer. But in today's world the house has the old machine, which you get to use; the new powerful machine, taken over by the kids because they need the power to play todays games; there's the laptop brought home from work or school which has some files on it that would be handy to have on you desktop. There's the web cam that you'd like to have set up to monitor the baby's room, or the security of the back yard. And all of these need to interface to the one broadband connection you have to the internet.

The answer is, of course, a home network. It doesn't need to have the big file server that the office has, but it certainly does need a few of its features such as a firewall to keep out those who would use your system to send out unwanted SPAM.

This book, billed as the only home networking book you'll ever need, goes through the hardware and softtware you'll need to set up a home network. It is profusely illustrated, usually featuring LinkSys equipment. But the functionality of the LinkSys boxes is basically duplicated by that of other vendors, so this isn't a big problem. It's a good basic introduction, and by following it you can get a network set up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money March 24 2006
By GJL - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
This book has lots of nice pictures.. but for learning home networking it is juvenile and lacks depth of explanation across multiple network routers, connection nodes, and how-tos. Don't waste your money.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just be prepared for a booklength linksys advertisement Feb. 2 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The book is perfect for people like me with no experience AT ALL in networking however be aware EVERY example features linksys products. My only reason for not giving this book 5 stars is that I hate book length ads especially when not warned. Otherwise step by baby step this book helps you out.
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