SOHO Networking

SOHO Networking : A Guide to Installing a Small-Office/Home-Office Network

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This book covers selection and installation of all components of a network: hardware(cards, routers, servers), cabling, and operating system software(Windows, Netware and Unix). There is an entire section devoted to wireless networking technologies(esp 802.11b and a) and the components used in a wireless network. Moulton demonstrates how to use a SOHO local area network to share high speed Internet access among all networked PCs or Hosts. This section includes coverage of how to install and configure a router. Other festures include major coverage of security: virus and worm programs, and regular and personal firewalls such as Black Ice Defender and Norton Personal Firewall. Also covered is VoIP telephony - this can help a small office save PBX costs by sending calls over the Internet. Given the number of professionals working full-time or part-time from home, a book was needed which described how to select and configure hardware and software components to support disk, printer and Internet connection sharing in both wired and wireless networks. That book is SoHo Networking.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 175.26 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 748.42g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130473316
  • 9780130473318
  • 1,776,985

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Choose the right network-wired or wirelessSet up your hardware and Windows networking--step by step!Share your high-speed Internet connectionSecure your network and protect your dataBuild a networked multimedia entertainment PC The quick, easy guide to networking your PCs--and making the most of your network!

Own more than one PC? Now's the time to network them. Networked PCs are more powerful, more convenient, more cost-effective, more fun ... and networking is easier and cheaper than ever! In SOHO Networking, one of the world's most practical and experienced PC and networking professionals gives you all the help you'll need. Step by step, you'll learn how to choose equipment, set up your network, share your resources and Internet connections, and keep "prying eyes" out--whether they're inside your house or half a world away. Best of all, you'll learn how to do more with your network than you ever thought possible!

Choose the right network for you: wired or wireless, peer-to-peer or server-basedSet up your hardware and Windows networkingShare high-speed Internet access throughout your home or officeProtect your networks with firewalls and other security toolsSet up reliable, secure telecommutingBuild a networked multimedia entertainment PC--and listen to MP3s anywhereUse your network and VoIP telephony instead of an expensive PBXTroubleshoot network problems quickly and easily
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Table of contents

Introduction: SOHO LANs.

SOHO LANs Defined. SOHO LAN Components. Small SOHO "Peer-to-Peer" LANs. Larger Small-Office Client/Server LANs. SOHO LAN Technologies. SOHO LAN Applications. Book Objectives. Who Needs This Book. What This Book Covers. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

1. SOHO Network Uses/Applications.

Basic Networking Applications. Disk Sharing. File Level Access Control or File Sharing. Printer Sharing. Internet Access. Cable Modems. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL). Web Serving. Internet Information Services. FrontPage. Intranet and Internet Publishing. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Telephony. TCP/IP. VoIP. Telecommuting. Virtual Private Networks (VPN). Remote Access Server (RAS). Host Network Access. General Networking Approaches. Home Wiring. Universal Serial Bus (USB) Networking. Ethernet. Wireless Networking. Our Networking Focus. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

2. Networking Components.

Windows Networking Model. Networking Hardware. Network Interface Cards. Hubs. Switches. Cable/DSL Modem Routers. Servers. Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) Servers. Cabling. General Cabling Schemes. Wiring Categories. CAT-3 Cabling. CAT-5 Cabling. Beyond CAT-5 Cabling. Software. Peer-to-Peer. Client/Server. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

3. Installing and Configuring a Basic LAN.

Installing LAN Cabling. General Cabling Tasks. Home-Office LAN Cabling. Small-Office LAN Cabling. Installing a Hub. Installing a Switch. Linking Hubs and Switches. Hub and Switching Hierarchy. Ethernet Cable Configuration. Building and Testing a Cable. Manufactured Patch Cables. Installing Network Interface Cards. Network Interface Card Types. NIC Driver Program. Installing Drivers. Upgrading Drivers. Configuring Windows Software. Selecting and Configuring a Protocol. Disk Sharing Configuration. Client/Server Configuration. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

4. Wireless Networking.

Wireless LAN Technologies and Standards. IEEE Wireless Specifications. Bluetooth. Coverage and Penetration. Wireless Networking Components. Wireless Access Point. Wireless NICs. Installing a Wireless LAN. Ad-Hoc Mode. Infrastructure Mode. Point-to-Point Mode. Point-to-Multipoint Mode. Wireless Access Point Installation. Wireless NICs. Security. Wireless LAN Operation. Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

5. Internet Access.

Connecting to the Internet. Cable Modems. Digital Subscriber Lines. ISDN. Other. Internet Connection Sharing. Windows Internet Connection Sharing (WICS). Routers. Firewalls. Windows Internet Connection Firewall (WICF). Proxy Servers. Network Address Translation. Installing and Configuring a Cable Modem/DSL Router. Installing a Router. Configuring the Router Software. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

6. Networking for Telecommuting.

Telecommuting System Configuration. Central Site Configuration. SOHO Configurations. Configuring SOHO Telecommuting Software. Video Teleconferencing. PC Components. Server Connections. PC to PC Connections. Telecommuting Administration. Telecommuting Enterprise Self Determination. Establishing a Telecommuting Program. Telecommuting Policy. Setting up a Telecommuter. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

7. SOHO Network Security.

Network Security Threats. Virus Programs. Worm Programs. Trojan Programs. Spyware. Cookies. Virus Costs and Prevention. Denial of Service (DoS). Disgruntled Employees. Network Security Measures. Virus Scanning Programs. Windows Update. Firewalls. SOHO Security Administration. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

8. VoIP Networking.

VoIP SOHO Network Application Configurations. Home-Office Networks. VoIP PBX/Router/Gatekeeper Configuration. SOHO LAN Connections. Internet or IP Network Connections. Public Switched Telephone Network Connections. Overall Configurations and Costs. VoIP Network Components. VoIP Gatekeeper/Router/PBX. Multimedia PCs. VoIP Telephones. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

9. Wrap-Up.

SOHO LANs Review. The Future. Key Technical Terms. Put This Book to Use.

Appendix. Multimedia PC Entertainment System Networking.

Multimedia PC Entertainment System Components. Graphics Card. Monitor. 5.1 Sound Board. Speakers. DVD Drive/CD-RW Drive. Cordless Keyboard and Mouse. Web Cameras. LAN Connection. Software. Multimedia PC Entertainment System Functions. Viewing TV. Viewing DVDs. Playing Music. Encoding WMA and MP3 Music from CDA Discs. Web Surfing. Viewing and Writing E-Mail. Captures and Displays Web Camera Images. Prints Images in Color. Acts as a Security Monitoring System. Ancillary Applications. Networking a Multimedia PC Entertainment System. Summary. Key Technical Terms. Review Questions.

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About Pete Moulton

PETE MOULTON is Founder of The Moulton Company, a national consulting and training company based in Columbia, MD that has trained more than 1,000 Compaq/Digital professionals on PC networking and for the A+ exam on computer maintenance. Pete also created, produced, and hosted a weekly radio show, DIAL-A-NERD, and a companion TV program, TECHNICALLY CORRECT. He is creator of Pete Moulton's A+ Training Course: A Digital Seminar on CD-ROM, Second Edition and author of A+ Certification and PC Repair Guide, Second Edition and The Telecommunications Survival Guide.
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