Wireless Home Networking Simplified

Wireless Home Networking Simplified

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Wireless Home Networking Simplified The full-color, fully illustrated, simple guide to wireless home networking Step-by-step instructions: Plan, install, secure, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless network Discover all the fun things you can do with your wireless network Jim DohertyNeil Anderson Using today's wireless networks, you can save money, become more productive, and even have more fun! Now, there's an easy, fully illustrated step-by-step guide to wireless networking for your home: Wireless Home Networking Simplified. This plain-English guide teaches you everything you need to know to set up a wireless network at home, even if you do not have a technical background. You'll find simple, easy-to-follow guidance on selecting the right equipment, installing your network devices properly, connecting to the Internet, safeguarding your information, fixing problems, and much more. Understand how wireless home networks work Compare today's wireless standards, and choose the right one for youDesign your wireless network for maximum convenience, reliability, and simplicity Secure your network, step by step-and keep it secure Troubleshoot failed connections, poor coverage, and slow performance Temporarily allow guests onto your network without exposing your data Use your network to listen to music, view video, and play video games anywhere in your home Preview and prepare for tomorrow's wireless technologies Wireless Home Networking Simplified cuts through the confusion, demystifies the technologies, and helps you make the most of wireless... quickly, simply, painlessly. This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press (R), the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems (R). Category: NetworkingCovers: Home Networkingshow more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 203.2 x 251.5 x 20.3mm | 839.16g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 1587201615
  • 9781587201615

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"Wireless Home Networking Simplified" The full-color, fully illustrated, simple guide to wireless home networking Step-by-step instructions: Plan, install, secure, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless network Discover all the fun things you can do with your wireless network Jim Doherty Neil Anderson Using today's wireless networks, you can save money, become more productive, and even have more fun! Now, there's an easy, fully illustrated step-by-step guide to wireless networking for your home: "Wireless Home Networking Simplified." This plain-English guide teaches you everything you need to know to set up a wireless network at home, even if you do not have a technical background. You'll find simple, easy-to-follow guidance on selecting the right equipment, installing your network devices properly, connecting to the Internet, safeguarding your information, fixing problems, and much more. Understand how wireless home networks work Compare today's wireless standards, and choose the right one for you Design your wireless network for maximum convenience, reliability, and simplicity Secure your network, step by step-and keep it secure Troubleshoot failed connections, poor coverage, and slow performance Temporarily allow guests onto your network without exposing your data Use your network to listen to music, view video, and play video games anywhere in your home Preview and prepare for tomorrow's wireless technologies "Wireless Home Networking Simplified" cuts through the confusion, demystifies the technologies, and helps you make the most of wireless... quickly, simply, painlessly. This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press(R), the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems(R). Category: Networking Covers: Home Networking $24.99 USA / $29.99 CAN Jim Doherty is the vice president of marketing at CipherOptics, where he leads the outbound marketing teams. Prior to joining the CipherOptics team Jim held leadership positions with Symbol Technologies and Cisco(R). Jim has more than 15 years of technical marketing and engineering experience and has led various marketing campaigns for IP telephony, routing and switching, and network security solutions. Jim is the coauthor of the Networking Simplified series of books published by Cisco Press. Jim is a former Marine Corps sergeant; he holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from N.C. State University and an M.B.A. degree from Duke University. Neil Anderson is the senior manager of enterprise systems engineering with Cisco. Neil has more than 20 years of broad engineering experience including public telephone systems, mobile phone systems, Internet, and home networking. At Cisco, Neil's focus is on large corporate customers in the areas of routing and switching, wireless, security, and IP communications. Neil is the coauthor of the Networking Simplified series of books including Home Networking Simplified, Home Network Security Simplified, and Internet Phone Services Simplified. Neil holds a B.S. degree in computer science.show more

About Jim Doherty

About the AuthorsJim Doherty is the vice president of marketing at CipherOptics, where he leads the outbound marketingteams. Prior to joining the CipherOptics team Jim held leadership positions with SymbolTechnologies and Cisco. Jim has more than 15 years of technical marketing and engineering experienceand has led various marketing campaigns for IP telephony, routing and switching, and networksecurity solutions. Jim is the coauthor of the Networking Simplified series of books published byCisco Press. Jim is a former Marine Corps sergeant; he holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineeringfrom N.C. State University and an M.B.A. degree from Duke University.Neil Anderson is the senior manager of enterprise systems engineering with Cisco. Neil has morethan 20 years of broad engineering experience including public telephone systems, mobile phonesystems, Internet, and home networking. At Cisco, Neil's focus is on large corporate customers in theareas of routing and switching, wireless, security, and IP communications. Neil is the coauthor of theNetworking Simplified series of books including Home Networking Simplified, Home NetworkSecurity Simplified, and Internet Phone Services Simplified. Neil holds a B.S. degree in computerscience.show more

Table of contents

ContentsPart I How Does It Work Chapter 1 How Wireless LANs Work Why Wireless? Before We Get to the Wireless Bit, What the Heck Is a LAN? Okay, Now the Wireless PartChallenges for Wireless Communication The Solution Putting It All Together Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 2 Wireless Standards: What the Letters Mean The Standard 802.11 and the IEEE 802.11a 802.11b 802.11g 802.11n CombinationsWhat Happened to the Other Letters? Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 3 Selecting the Right Wireless Standard for Your Network What to Consider When Choosing Your Wireless Standard Compatibility Relationships Among Wireless Standards Dual-Band Products Proprietary Extensions Speed 27Range Security Cost Additional Considerations Comparing the IEEE WLAN Standards Recommendations Summary Where to Go for More Information Part II What You Should Know Chapter 4 Planning Your Wireless Network Wireless Network TopologiesSketching a Network Layout Thinking Your Network Plan Through Determining the Networking Capabilities of Your Computers Looking for a Wired NIC Looking for a Wireless NIC Determining Your Immediate Needs to Create a Wireless Network Completing Your Plan Summary Chapter 5 Wireless Security: What You Need to Know Why Should I Worry About Wireless Network Security? What Do I Do to Secure My Wireless Network?Don't Advertise Your Wireless Network Scramble Your Signal What Is Encryption? Choosing an Encryption KeyDisable Ad Hoc Networking Other Tips to Consider Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 6 What to Buy Determining Network Readiness Making Your List, Checking It Twice Wireless Router Options Wireless NIC OptionsGear for Travel Bugs and Road Warriors Extra Stuff Where to Buy Your Gear Summary Where to Go for More Information Part III How Do I Set It Up? Chapter 7 Wireless Router Setup Connecting the Wireless Router Configuring the Wireless Router Using the Linksys Setup Wizard Using an Internet Browser Using Linksys EasyLink Advisor SummaryWhere to Go for More Information Chapter 8 Wireless NIC Setup Installing the Wireless NICInstalling a PCI Wireless Card in a Desktop Computer Installing a PCMCIA Wireless Card in a Laptop Computer Installing a USB Wireless NIC in a Computer Associating the Wireless NIC to the Wireless Router Wireless Profiles Wireless Connection Managers Using the Windows Wireless Network Connection Utility Using Linksys WLAN Monitor Using Linksys EasyLink Advisor Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 9 Wireless Security SetupSetting Up Wireless Encryption Tips Before We Start If Only It Were That Easy Manually Setting Up Wireless Encryption Enabling WEP Encryption on the Wireless Router Enabling WEP Encryption on the Wireless NIC WPA Encryption Example Setting Up Wireless Encryption with Linksys SecureEasySetup Linksys SecureEasySetup on the Wireless Router Linksys SecureEasySetup on the Wireless NIC Setting Up Wireless Encryption with Linksys EasyLink Advisor Linksys EasyLink Advisor on the Wireless Router Using EasyLink Advisor to Add Encryption to Wireless NICs More Wireless Security StepsStop Advertising Your Wireless Network Turn On the Firewall Prevent Unintentional Roaming MAC Address Locking Top Troubleshooting Tips for Wireless Encryption SummaryWhere to Go for More Information Part IV "Honey, This Stupid Wireless Thing Is Not Working" Chapter 10 Troubleshooting: I Can't Connect at All Steps to Connecting Scanning Matching Associating Securing the Connection Obtaining an IP Address Sending and Receiving What Can Go Wrong Problems During Scanning Problems During Matching Problems During Association Problems Securing the Connection Problems Obtaining an IP Address Problems Sending and Receiving Five Things to Look At First How to Tell if You Do Not Have a Connection Figuring Out Why It Will Not Connect Scanning-Related Issues Incompatible Wireless Standards Wireless Turned Off Poor Signal Strength Matching-Related Issues SSID Mismatch SSID Broadcast Association-Related IssuesSecurity- and Encryption-Related Issues Encryption Type Mismatch Encryption Key Mismatch Windows XP Authentication Setting MismatchIP Address Assignment-Related IssuesDetermining if an IP Address Is Assigned Determining if IP Address Assignment Is Failing Trying the Windows XP Repair Function Checking the Router's DHCP Client Pool Wireless Connection Made Oops, How Embarrassing! The 10-Minute Miracle Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 11 Troubleshooting: I Can Connect Sometimes How Wireless Coverage WorksTuning Your Wireless Coverage Performing a Wireless Survey Wireless Survey Using Windows XP Wireless Survey Using Linksys WLAN MonitorWhat to Conclude from Your Wireless Survey What You Can Do to Improve Coverage Improving the Location of the Wireless Router Trying Different Channels Trying Different Antenna Positions Upgrading the Antenna Using Wireless Range Extenders and Additional Access Points Upgrading the Wireless Router Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 12 Troubleshooting: I Can Connect, but It's Slow Is the Broadband Internet Connection the Bottleneck? Checking the Broadband Connection Testing Your Broadband SpeedIs the Wireless Network Too Slow? Understanding Wireless Standards and Speeds Verifying Wireless Network Speed Is the Wireless Network Signal Getting Degraded? Interference from Other Wireless RoutersChecking for Conflicting Wireless Routers Determining Whether the Conflicting Wireless Router Is Causing an Issue Correcting a Conflicting Wireless Router Situation Interference from Cordless Phones and Other Devices Determining Whether the Conflicting Cordless Phone Is Causing an Issue Correcting a Conflicting Cordless Phone Issue Summary Where to Go for More Information Part V Bells and Whistles Chapter 13 Wireless Video and Entertainment Wireless Video Cameras Finding Uses for Wireless Video Cameras Connecting the Video Camera to Your Wireless NetworkDetermining Who Can Access the Video Camera Viewing Video from Within Your House Viewing Video over the Internet Setting Up the Wireless Router for Internet Camera Viewing How to View the Camera over the Internet Problems with Viewing Video over the Internet Using the Video Camera as a Motion Detector Wireless Online Gaming Gaming Servers Options for Online Gaming How to Connect Video Game Consoles to Your Wireless Network Setting Up the Wireless Game AdapterConnecting a Video Game Console Connecting to an Online Game Provider Networking Your DVR Typical DVR Setups Today Reasons to Network Your DVR Networking Your DVR 290Using TiVoToGo Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 14 Wireless to Go What Is a Wireless Hotspot? How to Find Wireless Hotspots Wireless Hotspot Options and Costs Discovering and Connecting to Wireless HotspotsConnecting to Hotspots Using Linksys WLAN Monitor Connecting to Hotspots Using Windows XP Connecting to Hotspots Using Boingo Passing the Membership Test Example: Connecting to a Free Service at Bear Rock Cafe Example: Connecting to T-Mobile Service at Borders Book Stores What Not to Do When Using a Wireless HotspotSetting Up Your Own Portable HotspotHow Wireless Travel Routers Work Setting Up a Wireless Travel Router Setting Up Your Laptop to See the Travel Router How to Use a Wireless Travel Router Summary Where to Go for More Information Chapter 15 The Future of Wireless NetworkingWireless Networks Will Be Faster Wireless Networks Will Go Farther Wireless Networks Will Be in More Places Wireless Networks Will Move with You More Devices Will Connect to Wireless Networks Summary Where to Go for More Information AppendixesAppendix A MAC Address Filtering Appendix B 802.11n Wireless Channels Appendix C 802.11 Additional Revisions Indexshow more

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