Home Wireless Networking in a Snap


book cover
Home Wireless Networking in a Snap
By Joe Habraken
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Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: March 15, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-672-32702-3
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32702-5
Pages: 408
 



Table of Contents  | Index
overview

These days, nobody really wants to learn everything there is about their hardware and software. And even if you did, who has the time to endlessly tinker and play with it until you figure everything out? You just want a book that will quickly show you how to set up your home wireless network. Home Wireless Networking in a Snap is designed specifically for busy people like you.

 

This book covers the things that aren't already covered in the documentation that came with your equipment and the things you can't just figure out on your own. It is organized into a series of well-organized, bite-sized, quickly accomplished tasks, that lets you zero right in on particular tasks you want to accomplish. This hands-on approach to setting-up a secure home wireless network will have your network up and running in no time.



book cover
Home Wireless Networking in a Snap
By Joe Habraken
...............................................
Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: March 15, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-672-32702-3
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32702-5
Pages: 408
 



Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   About the Author
   Acknowledgments
   We Want to Hear from You!
   Reader Services
    Part I:  Networking and Windows Fundamentals
      Chapter 1.  Start Here
      Why Create a Wireless Home Network?
      How Computers Communicate
      How Wireless Networking Works
      Selecting Wireless Network Components
      Getting the Most Out of a Home Network
      Sorting Out Broadband Internet Connections
      Chapter 2.  Navigating Windows XP
      Section 1.  About the Windows XP Environment
      Section 2.  Navigate the Windows Desktop and Start Menu
      Section 3.  Browse and Search for Files and Folders
      Section 4.  About My Network Places
      Section 5.  Use the Control Panel
      Section 6.  View the Windows Security Center
      Section 7.  Get Help in Windows
      Section 8.  About Windows Update
      Section 9.  Use Windows Update
      Chapter 3.  Sharing a Home Computer
      Section 10.  About Sharing a Windows XP Computer
      Section 11.  Create a User Account
      Section 12.  Change the Account Picture
      Section 13.  Password Protect a User Account
      Section 14.  Change the Account Type
      Section 15.  Configure a .NET Passport for a User Account
      Section 16.  Log On to Windows
      Section 17.  Switch Users
      Section 18.  Delete a User Account
    Part II:  Creating the Home Network
      Chapter 4.  Installing and Configuring the Wireless Router
      Section 19.  About Installing the Wireless Router
      Section 20.  Install the Router
      Section 21.  About Configuring the Wireless Router
      Section 22.  Access Router Configuration
      Section 23.  About Internet Settings
      Section 24.  Configure Internet Settings
      Section 25.  About Wireless Settings
      Section 26.  Configure Router Wireless Settings
      Chapter 5.  Installing and Configuring Wireless Adapters
      Section 27.  About Wireless Network Adapters
      Section 28.  Determine Upgradeability of Current Computers
      Section 29.  Install a Wireless Adapter
      Section 30.  Install Adapter Software Utility
      Section 31.  Check WiFi Adapter Installation
      Section 32.  About Configuring the Wireless Adapter
      Section 33.  Configure Adapter and Connect to the Wireless Router
      Section 34.  Configure Adapter for Computer-to-Computer Networking
      Section 35.  Create Configuration Profiles
      Section 36.  About Updating an Adapter Driver
      Chapter 6.  Configuring the Windows Home Network
      Section 37.  About Configuring PCs for Networking
      Section 38.  Run the Network Setup Wizard
      Section 39.  Name the Computer and Join a Workgroup
      Section 40.  Open Connection Properties and Enable Clients, Protocols, and Services
      Section 41.  Add a Network Client or Service
      Section 42.  Configure TCP/IP Settings
      Section 43.  Check WiFi Adapter Status
      Section 44.  Verify Workgroup Membership and Access Network Neighborhood
    Part III:  Using the Home Network
      Chapter 7.  Sharing Network Resources
      Section 45.  About Sharing Network Resources
      Section 46.  Share a Printer
      Section 47.  Share a Folder
      Section 48.  About Accessing Network Resources
      Section 49.  Access Shared Folders and Open Shared Files
      Section 50.  Map a Network Drive
      Section 51.  Connect to a Shared Printer
      Section 52.  Search for Network Computers
      Section 53.  Add a Network Place
      Chapter 8.  Filtering Content and Enabling Game Services
      Section 54.  About Content Filtering and Opening Ports
      Section 55.  Block Access to Websites
      Section 56.  Block Access to Internet Services
      Section 57.  Set Up a Filter Schedule
      Section 58.  Configure Port Forwarding and Port Triggering
      Chapter 9.  Taking Advantage of Wireless HotSpots
      Section 59.  About Wireless Hotspots
      Section 60.  Use the Web to Locate Hotspots
      Section 61.  Detect WiFi Hotspots and Connect
      Section 62.  Fine-Tune Hotspot Connection Parameters
      Section 63.  About Wardriving
    Part IV:  Protecting and Securing the Wireless Network
      Chapter 10.  Protecting Your System and Data
      Section 64.  About Backing Up and Restoring Data
      Section 65.  Use the Windows Backup Wizard
      Section 66.  Use Advanced Backup Features
      Section 67.  Restore Backed Up Data
      Section 68.  Create a System Restore Point
      Section 69.  Restore the System
      Chapter 11.  Securing the Wireless Network
      Section 70.  About Basic Network Security
      Section 71.  About Firewalls
      Section 72.  Configure Router Firewall Settings
      Section 73.  Change Router Password
      Section 74.  Back Up Router Configuration
      Section 75.  Turn Off Server Set IDs (SSIDs) Broadcasts
      Section 76.  About 802.11 Security Strategies
      Section 77.  Configure Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) Security
      Section 78.  Configure WiFi Protected Access (WPA) Security
      Section 79.  About Network Interface MAC Addresses
      Section 80.  Create a WiFi Network MAC Access List
      Section 81.  Configure Remote Management
      Chapter 12.  Protecting the Wireless Network
      Section 82.  About Malware
      Section 83.  Install and Use Antivirus Software
      Section 84.  Update Antivirus Software
      Section 85.  Activate the Windows XP Security Center
      Section 86.  About Spyware
      Section 87.  Install AntiSpyware
      Section 88.  Use AntiSpyware
      Section 89.  About Spam Email and Outlook Express
      Section 90.  Configure Outlook Express Rules
      Chapter 13.  Troubleshooting and Monitoring Network Connections
      Section 91.  About Network Connection Problems
      Section 92.  Reset WiFi Adapter
      Section 93.  Check Router Status
      Section 94.  View Attached Devices
      Section 95.  View Router Log
      Section 96.  About Command-Line Tools
      Section 97.  Use Command-Line Tools
      Section 98.  About Upgrading Router Firmware and Adapter Drivers
   Contents at a Glance
   Key Terms
   Index