Sounds pretty impressive, doesn't it—your own home network.Should you have one? Are they hard to set up? How would it help?Are home networks more vulnerable to security risks? If you'veasked yourself any of these questions, this updated Third Editionof Home Networking For Dummies is exactly what you need.
Home networks aren't just for people with home-based businesses.With a home network, you can
- Begin a project on one computer and finish it on another
- Connect desktop and laptop computers so you can take your workwith you
- Share printers and Internet connections
- Control access to files
- Set up security to protect all the computers on thenetwork
And on top of all that, you get to be the networkadministrator!
If you have more than one computer in your household, KathyIvens, author of Home Networking For Dummies, ThirdEdition, believes it only makes sense for you to have a homenetwork. It's efficient and it makes files easier to organizeand manage. But as impressive as "home network" sounds, installingand maintaining one doesn’t have to be complicated—this book makes it easy. In the For Dummies straightforwardstyle, Kathy shows you step by step how to
- Plan your network, buy the right hardware at the right price,install it, and configure computer sharing
- Decide on the best places to put the different computers inyour home
- Piggyback on existing home wiring like telephone and electriclines
- Install and troubleshoot wireless connections
- Set up each computer to share some things and keep othersprivate
- Manage users and user profiles
- Install firewalls, work with the Windows XP SP2 SecurityCenter, keep virus protection updated, and develop a disasterrecovery plan
- Maintain your network for optimum performance
Kathy Ivens is Senior Contributing Editor for Windows &.NET Magazine and a consultant who has installed plenty ofnetworks. She knows what to look for and how to help you puttogether exactly what you need. This edition of Home NetworkingFor Dummies includes the most up-to-date information to helpyou become the administrator of your very own home network withoutacquiring one more gray hair.