In the Internet Age, no PC is an island. And Microsoft built Windows XP explicitly for these interconnected times. Compared to the dark days of Windows 95 and 98, Windows XP makes it a cinch to set up a home network, connect to the Internet or a company network, and surf the Web with or without wires.
This chapter offers tips on how to get the most out of XP's networking capabilities ‚ not to mention valuable advice about security issues and troubleshooting.
Note: Setting up a network is getting easier all the time, especially as more of the big device manufacturers like Linksys, D-Link, and Belkin produce starter kits for networking newcomers. However, the setup process is still oftentimes a weekend -killer (or, at the very least, beyond the scope of an individual chapter) so the hints that follow assume you've already got either a wired or a wireless network up and running.