Create Your Own Home Networks


book cover
Create Your Own Home Networks
By Eli Lazich
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Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: December 19, 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-672-32832-1
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32832-9
Pages: 128
 



Table of Contents  | Index
overview

You have a family computer for e-mail and browsing the Internet. Your son and daughter have their own computer for school work and your spouse has a laptop that he or she brings home from work every day. With your family spread out all over the house on their computers, wouldn't it be nice if you could make them all work together? Create Your Own Home Networks  is a unique book that will show you how to make your home computers talk to each other while sharing files, music and printers. The most common networking tasks are presented in project-format that doesn't require any in-depth understanding of computer systems or networks beyond that of a typical computer user. You will learn how to setup your computers to:

  • Share printers, files, and Internet connections

  • IM one another instantly

  • Get your e-mail in and out of your network

  • Create a network jukebox

  • Roam your house with wireless

You'll also get tips on choosing the right networking equipment, hiding wires and patching holes in your drywall, and when to call the pros. Create Your Own Home Networks is all that you need to get started on creating your very own home network.



book cover
Create Your Own Home Networks
By Eli Lazich
...............................................
Publisher: Sams
Pub Date: December 19, 2005
Print ISBN-10: 0-672-32832-1
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-672-32832-9
Pages: 128
 



Table of Contents  | Index

   Copyright
   About the Author
   Acknowledgments
   We Want to Hear from You!
   Introduction
    Chapter 1.  Understanding Basic Networking
      Getting Computers to Communicate
      Why Set Up a Home Network?
      Security
      Deciding How to Set Up Your Home Network
      Summary
    Chapter 2.  Project 1: Making Your Computers Talk to Each Other
      Understanding Network Speeds
      Wired Ethernet Networking
      Wireless Networking
      Choosing a Network Type
      Configuring Your Computers for Wireless Access
      Summary
    Chapter 3.  Project 2: Sharing Files, Printers, and Other Stuff on Your Network
      Running the Network Setup Wizard
      Sharing Files on Your Home Network
      Accessing Shared Files on Your Home Network
      Sharing Printers on Your Home Network
      Summary
    Chapter 4.  Project 3: Creating a Network Jukebox
      Installing iTunes
      Working with iTunes
      Using the iTunes Library
      Sharing Music by Using iTunes
      Accessing Shared Music
      Creating and Using Playlists
      Summary
    Chapter 5.  Project 4: Instant Messaging in and out of Your Home Network
      Getting Started with Windows Messenger
      Setting Up Windows Messenger
      Having a Windows Messenger Conversation
      Summary
    Chapter 6.  Project 5: Creating and Sharing Video on Your Home Network
      Preparing to Get Your Videos to Your Computer
      Getting Started with Windows Movie Maker
      Editing with Movie Maker
      Adding Finishing Touches to Your Movie
      Summary
    Chapter 7.  When Your Network Doesn't Work the Way It Should
      Addressing TCP/IP Problems
      Fixing IP Address Problems
      Diagnosing and Fixing DNS Problems
      Fixing Problems Connecting to Other Computers on Your Network
      Optimizing Network Performance
      Fixing Unresponsive Applications
      Summary
    Chapter 8.  Bonus Project: Creating Your Own Website
      Running Your Own Web Server
      Creating Your Own Website
      Summary
   Index