by John Ross
February 2009, 288 pp.
Are the machines in your office living isolated lives? Do you have a few computers at home that you want to connect to each other and the Internet? The best way to share files on a group of computers is to create a network. But how do you do that?
Network Know-How is your guide to connecting your machines, filled with practical advice that will show you how to get things done. You'll learn the nitty-gritty of network setup, design, and maintenance, from running cables and placing wireless access points to configuring file sharing and printing. This practical and comprehensive guide will teach you how to implement security, create intranets, and more. You'll learn how to:
No matter which operating system you use, and even if you’ve never installed or run a network before, you’ll get what you need to know in Network Know-How.
About the Author
John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), Wiring Home Networks (Sunset Books), and The Book of Wireless (No Starch Press).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How a Network Will Improve Your Life
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Network Know-How "provides just enough TCP/IP, just enough basic networking equipment (hubs, routers and switches), just enough about wires and wireless connections, just enough security and just enough about software to give your neighbor, aunt or boss the vocabulary and know-how to manage their own small network."
Network Know-How "is very well written and delivers lots of practical information...Advanced readers would do well to pick up copies for their less technical friends or family members. Casual readers who already have a computer network will find the screenshots an excellent reference; they will also find plenty of interesting possibilities for their home network."
"Ross's book does provide an excellent introduction to how to set up and maintain a simple home computer network. He has done the very hard work of culling out the most essential aspects of the voluminous data on network administration found in so many of the other more technical works and organized this into a superb computer network book that is a valuable resource for anyone interested in a home computer network."
"The book starts out with some basic theory, which is surprisingly helpful when starting your home network. (When you can understand how your machines can work together, it makes for a much simpler application.) It continues with detailed directions on how to set up and configure all of your devices (shared printers, for example). It concludes with a complete troubleshooting guide (which alone is worth the price of the book.)"
Network Know-How is "very, very well done. I have to give it a top rating."
Network Know-How "is just awesome for parents whose family members have two or more computers, because it will show you step by step how to connect them together and to the internet."
"Network Know-How is written in such a clear and organized manner that almost anybody will be able to use it to create their own home network. Just think of how impressed your teens will be."
"One of the highlights of this book is the practical ideas given for designing and implementing the network control center using the appropriate network equipment and power supplies."
"Network Know-How is a valuable resource for those users who have acquired a few computers and want to network them, or for anyone who can't afford a professional service provider. It is comprehensive, provides sufficient technical detail for the intended audience, and is well presented: clear, jargon-free, language, and makes good use of diagrams and images."
"It feels like there is a lot of experience behind this book too; sometimes you read a book and you get the feeling the author just learned what they're writing about quite recently; you don't get that feeling with this book."
"For patrons who'd like to learn the difference between a switch and a router and a hub (and how to figure out which one you need), this guide fills in the information gaps with a lively but clear style—and some humor thrown in for good measure."
"John Ross provides a wealth of technical information and passes the 'say that in plain English' test with flying colors."
"My husband is not a book reader, so I was surprised that he read [Network Know-How]...over and over. We want to network our home computers, and he said this book was such a helpful guide."
"Ross provides readers with enough information to set up networks in the home or in a small business without overwhelming them with unnecessarily advanced details."