Home Networking Simplified

Home Networking Simplified

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An illustrated home networking handbook for the everyday user Building a network doesn't have to be all work and no play-it can actually be fun! Home Networking Simplified is an illustrated home-networking book for everyone from Grandma Mary to your tech-savvy teenage neighbor. Home Networking Simplified gives you the most basic need-to-know info and then teaches you how to get the most out of your home network:Learn the basics of home networking, from connecting to the Internet to connecting your computers Create a basic home network Grow and update your network with confidence Secure your home network and protect yourself from hackers and viruses Go wireless to put your computers where you want them-not just where cables reach Learn about the latest technologies, emerging trends, and coolest toysWhether you're a newbie, a geek, or someone in-between, Home Networking Simplified helps you harness the power of home networking. Debugged by The Geek Squad This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press (R), the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems (R).show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 202 x 250 x 20mm | 961.62g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1587201364
  • 9781587201363
  • 1,892,237

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An illustrated home networking handbook for the everyday user Building a network doesn't have to be all work and no play-it can actually be fun! "Home Networking Simplified "is an illustrated home-networking book for everyone from Grandma Mary to your tech-savvy teenage neighbor. "Home Networking Simplified "gives you the most basic need-to-know info and then teaches you how to get the most out of your home network: Learn the basics of home networking, from connecting to the Internet to connecting your computers Create a basic home network Grow and update your network with confidence Secure your home network and protect yourself from hackers and viruses Go wireless to put your computers where you want them-not just where cables reach Learn about the latest technologies, emerging trends, and coolest toys Whether you're a newbie, a geek, or someone in-between, "Home Networking Simplified" helps you harness the power of home networking. Debugged by The Geek Squad This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press(R), the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems(R).show more

About Neil Anderson

Jim Doherty is currently the director of Strategic Marketing with Symbol Technologies. Prior to joining Symbol, Jim worked at Cisco Systems, where he led marketing campaigns for IP Telephony, and routing and switching. Over the past several years, he has taught professionals in both academic and industry settings on a broad range of topics, including networking, electric circuits, statistics, and wireless communication methods. Jim is the co-author of Cisco Networking Simplified and wrote the Study Notes section of the Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Flash Card Practice Kit. Jim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from N.C. State University and an MBA from Duke University. Jim also served in the United States Marine Corps, where he earned the rank of Sergeant, before leaving to pursue an education.Neil Anderson is a manager in Enterprise Systems Engineering at Cisco Systems, currently responsible for enterprise branch-office networking and teleworking systems architectures. Neil has 20 years of diverse telecom experience, including public telephone systems, mobile telephone systems, IP networks, wireless networking, and home networks. Neil has held roles in Research & Development, Systems Engineering, and Technical Marketing. At Cisco Systems, Neil has worked with Virtual Private Network (VPN), Voice over IP (VoIP), and wireless LAN (WLAN) technologies, focusing on converged networking solutions for enterprise and small business customers. Neil holds a bachelor's degree in computer science.show more

Table of contents

ForewordIntroduction Part I Networking BasicsChapter 1 What's a Network?PC Hardware and Network Interface CardsInstalling Devices in ComputersConfiguring New Devices in Microsoft Windows Chapter 2 Networking FundamentalsBits and BytesNetwork Media TypesTwisted-Pair CableCoaxial CableWireless NetworksComparing Media TypesWhat Is an IP Address?Dynamically Allocated IP AddressesDomain Name Server (DNS) Chapter 3 Connecting to the InternetThe InternetTCP/IPA Network of NetworksWhat Are HTTP and HTML and What Do They Do?Internet Access OptionsModemsThe Internet and Its ApplicationsE-MailE-Mail ToolsWhat Is Up with the @ Sign?Sending E-MailsReceiving E-MailsHow to Build It: Connecting to the InternetDecide on the Type of ModemPhysically Install the ModemInternal Modem in a Desktop ComputerInternal Modem in a Laptop ComputerExternal ModemConfigure Windows to "Talk To" the ModemSet Up a Dialup Connection to the InternetSet Up Access to E-Mail Chapter 4 From the Geek Squad Files Part II Simple Home NetworksChapter 5 Creating a Basic Home NetworkPlanning a NetworkDesigning Your NetworkBuilding Your NetworkHow to Build It: Connecting Two ComputersDecide on the Type of NICsPhysically Install the NICInternal NIC in a Desktop ComputerInternal PCMCIA NIC in a Laptop ComputerExternal NIC for a Desktop or Laptop ComputerConfigure Windows to "Talk To" the NICBuild a Network Between the Two ComputersBack-to-BackUsing a Hub, Switch, or RouterSet Up the Network in WindowsTroubleshooting Tips: Building a Network Chapter 6 Sharing Network ResourcesFile SharingPrinter SharingPracticing Safe ShareSharing GuidelinesNetwork Design GuidelinesHow to Build It: File and Printer SharingEnable File and Printer SharingShare a File Over the NetworkMap a Shared File Folder as a Disk DriveShare a Printer Over the NetworkMap a Shared PrinterAdd Security Precautions to File and Printer Sharing Chapter 7 High-Speed Internet AccessBroadband RevolutionDifferent Types of BroadbandDSLCableSatelliteWireless (Cellular)Accelerated DialupProvidersNeed for SpeedSelecting a Broadband ServiceOnline Resources to Help You Choose a Broadband ProviderKeep This Important InformationHow to Build It: Broadband Internet AccessDecide on a Home Network DesignOne-Computer NetworkTwo-Computer NetworkMultiple-Computer NetworkWireless NetworkRouter ComparisonSet Up the Broadband EquipmentBroadband Cable ConnectionBroadband DSL ConnectionConfigure the Router for Broadband ServiceConfigure the Router for the Home NetworkCheck the Access to the Internet Chapter 8 From the Geek Squad Files Part III Look Ma, No WiresChapter 9 ABGs of WirelessWireless LANsStandards Soup802.11b802.11a802.11gComparing the IEEE WLAN StandardsSelecting the Right Wireless Standard for Your NetworkCompatibilitySpeedCostAdditional ConsiderationsRecommendations Chapter 10 Going Wireless at HomePlanning Your Wireless NetworkWireless Network TopologiesSketching a Network LayoutMaking a Shopping ListTurning Up the NetworkSelect an SSIDSelect a Wireless ChannelHow to Build It: Going WirelessInstall and Set Up a Wireless RouterInstall and Set Up Wireless NICsConfiguring an Existing Built-In Wireless NICCheck Wireless Network Operation Chapter 11 Securing Your Wireless NetworkWhy Should I Worry About Wireless Network Security?What Do I Do About It?Don't Advertise Your Wireless NetworkScramble Your SignalHow to Build It: Securing Your Wireless NetworkStop Advertising Your Wireless NetworkEnable Wireless EncryptionEnabling WEP Encryption on the Wireless RouterEnabling WEP Encryption Using the NIC's UtilityEnabling WEP Encryption Under Windows XPWPA Encryption ExampleDisable Ad-Hoc NetworkingWireless Security ChecklistFinal Thoughts on Wireless Security Chapter 12 Wireless Away from HomeWhat Is a Hotspot?How to Find a HotspotHotspot Options and CostsHow to Build It: Using Wireless HotspotsDiscover and Connect to a HotspotPass the Hotspot Membership TestWhat Not to Do When Using a Hotspot Chapter 13 From the Geek Squad Files Part IV Security of Home NetworksChapter 14 Protecting Your Network from IntrudersIntroduction to Security SoftwareLines of DefenseSecurity Software "Bundles"FirewallsHow Firewalls WorkWhat Firewalls Protect You FromHiding Your Network AddressesHow to Build It: Protecting Your Network from IntrudersTurning on a Firewall in the RouterInstalling a Personal Firewall on Each ComputerInstalling a Professional Personal Firewall ProgramInstalling a Free Personal Firewall ProgramEnabling the Windows FirewallKeeping Windows Security Up to DateWhere to Go for More Info Chapter 15 Viruses and Other Malicious SoftwareWhat Is a Virus?Where Viruses LiveOther Nasty StuffWormsTrojan HorsesProtecting Yourself Against Malicious CodeCommon SenseAntivirus ProgramsHow Do Antivirus Programs Work?What Happens with New Viruses?How to Build It: Preventing Viruses and Other Malicious Software from InfectingYour NetworkTurn on Antivirus Protection at Your Service ProviderSet up Antivirus Protection on Your Home ComputersMake Sure Automatic Updating Is WorkingPerform an Initial Virus ScanWhere to Go for More Info Chapter 16 Other Vulnerabilities (Spam, Cookies, Pop-Ups, Spyware, and Scams)SpamHow Spam WorksHow to Block SpamCookiesHow Cookies WorkBad CookiesPop-UpsHow Pop-Ups WorkHow to Get Rid of Pop-UpsSpyware/AdwareHow Spyware or Adware WorksHow to Get Rid of Spyware and AdwareAdditional ScamsPhishingUrban LegendsHow to Build It: Preventing Network VulnerabilitiesTurn on Spam Blocking at Your Service ProviderSet Up Spam Blocking on Your Home ComputersAvoid Phishing ScamsSet Up Spyware and Adware Blocking on Your Home ComputersSet Up Pop-Up Blocking on Home ComputersWhere to Go for More Info Chapter 17 Keeping Your Family Safe on the InternetWhat Are the Online Dangers?PornographyPredatorsGamblingHackingIllegal Peer-to-Peer SharingProtecting Your Family from Online DangersHow to Build It: Making the Internet SafeDecide Which Parental Controls Are Right for YouEnable Parental Controls at Your ISPEnable Parental Controls Using Your Home RouterEnable Parental Controls on Home ComputersSecurity Bundle Parental Control OptionNetNanny OptionHow to Track Internet ActivityWhere to Go for More InfoChapter 18 From the Geek Squad FilesSecurity Checklist Part V Advanced Home NetworksChapter 19 Wireless Print Servers: The Cure for JoyHow to Build It: Wireless Print ServerSet Up the Wireless Print Server for Your Wireless NetworkConnect Printers to the Wireless Printer ServerInstall the Wireless Print Server Driver on Each ComputerPrint a Test Page Chapter 20 Video SurveillanceHow to Build It: Wireless Internet Video CamerasSet Up the Wireless Internet Video Camera for Your Wireless NetworkConfigure the Video Camera SecurityViewing Video from Within Your HouseViewing Images with an Internet BrowserInstalling and Viewing Images with the Viewer ClientViewing Video over the InternetProblems with Viewing Video over the InternetUse the Video Camera as a Motion Detector Chapter 21 Internet Phone ServiceHow IP Telephony WorksBroadband Phone ServicesBroadband Phone ProvidersVirtual Phone NumbersVoice-Chat ServicesHow to Build It: Internet Phone ServiceSetting Up a Broadband Phone ServiceChoosing an Internet Phone AdapterSetting Up the Internet Phone AdapterSetting Up a Voice-Chat Service (Using Skype) Chapter 22 Networked Entertainment SystemsHow to Build It: Networked Entertainment SystemsSet Up the Wireless Media AdapterConnect the Home Entertainment Center to the Wireless Media AdapterInstall the Adapter Utility Client on Your Home ComputerPlaying MusicViewing Photos Chapter 23 Online GamingGaming ServersOptions for Online GamingHow to Build It: Online Video GamingSet Up the Wireless Game AdapterConnect a Video Game Console to the Wireless Game AdapterConnect to an Online Game ProviderSetting Up an Online Game AccountDetailed Troubleshooting Steps for Online GamingChapter 24 From the Geek Squad Files Glossary Indexshow more

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