This Wired Home: The Microsoft Guide to Home Networking Second Edition Paperback – Jan 1 2000
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For a family whose members use computers every day, there are few easier ways to increase fun and productivity than with a small local area network (LAN). With a LAN in place, you can use any computer in the house to run your finance software and access your electronic mail. A LAN also makes it easy for the whole family to share an Internet connection, particularly a fast cable or xDSL one. This Wired Home: The Microsoft Guide to Home Networking is the gospel of home LANs according to Microsoft. It provides excellent instruction on designing, assembling, and configuring a home LAN that involves computers running Windows 98 or Windows NT 4. With its explicit statements of what to buy and what to do, you'll be happy with Alan Neibauer's work (unless you own a Macintosh).
Thankfully, Neibauer doesn't assume that a full-fledged LAN is the correct solution for everyone. He explains how to share a printer simply, using only a couple of extra cables and a switch box. But the real value in this book is in its clear explanations of installing network interface cards (NICs), setting up hubs, running cable, and configuring the software properly. Illustrations combine high-quality drawings (for hardware assembly sections) with screen shots (for sections on software setup). Even when explaining the complicated matters associated with sharing an Internet connection, Neibauer sticks to his clear, businesslike style. --David Wall
Topics covered: Advantages of a home network, alternatives to a full local area network (LAN), installing network interface cards (NICs), running cable, configuring Windows computers for LAN service, sharing an Internet connection, and performing specific tasks (printing, file sharing, and game playing) on the network. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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By the way don't pay attention to the review that states lack of knowledge from the author. The reviewer is dumb enough to miss that Windows 98 and ME can't be servers because they are designed to be either workstations (clients) on a server/client enviroment, so they only access resources from the server, or work on a peer to peer enviroment so they can share resources with other PC and also access them from other PC. Also he is so ignorant to state that there's no such thing as Gigabit Ethernet. Maybe if he took the time to study the IEEE 802.3 cabling standard or even read any Network+ book he will crawl out of his ignorance.
If I had to knock the book, it would be for a lack of coverage on cable fabrication. If you're going to be fishing cable through walls, chances are you're not going to be using prefabricated cables with connectors already attached. I would have liked to have seen better coverage of tools and methods used for crimping RJ-45 connectors onto Cat 5 cabling, etc.
The material is well written, and is geared very much toward the novice network user. Experienced users will find this book to be a quick, easy read.
I finally got my home network running with the help from this book and an article on-line. This book did lead me step by step on how to use Netmeeting so that I could work on the kid's computer while not leaving mine.
The author of this book spends a lot of time making things easy with all of the step-by-step instruction. So if you don't now or care about things like "cmd" or "ipconfig" you will really like this book.
Most recent customer reviews
Don't be fooled by the one negative review here..this is a great book for home networking. The typo (from Gigabit to Gigabyte) doesn't change the wonderdful content of this book... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2003
The author has made so many misqueues, there is no way that they were accidental. Gigabyte Ethernet? That's one heck of an Ethernet signal! I wish I had one of those. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2002
Most Microsoft publications are either trivially simple or opaque. Not this one. Neibauer clearly discusses the essentials of home/small business networking. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by Bob Wooster
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