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Wi-Fi Home Networking Just the Steps For Dummies

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A book by Keith Underdahl

Wi-Fi Home Networking Just the Steps For Dummiesis the way to go if you’re ready to go wireless and install your own wireless home network. The book’s easy-to-navigate design features two columns, with numbered step-by-step instructions on … see full wiki

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Author: Keith Underdahl
Publisher: For Dummies
1 review about Wi-Fi Home Networking Just the Steps For...

Nicely done, and relieves a lot of anxiety...

  • Jun 9, 2006
This is a book I wished I had known about and had available about 2 years ago when I made my plunge into wireless networking... Wi-Fi Home Networking Just the Steps For Dummies by Keith Underdahl. It would have saved me a ton of angst...

Part 1 - Starting a Wireless Network: Setting Up Wireless Access Points; Configuring Your Network; Adding Wireless Devices to Your Network; Using Your Wireless Network; Wireless Networking with Your Mac
Part 2 - Securing Your Network: Activating Wi-Fi Security; Managing Firewalls and Network Security; Preventing Unauthorized Network Users
Part 3 - Improving Your Network's Performance: Monitoring Network Performance; Improving the Speed and Range of Your Network; Troubleshooting Network Problems
Part 4 - Using Someone Else's Network: Finding and Using Public Hotspots; Making Ad Hoc Peer-to-Peer Wireless Connections; Using Bluetooth Devices; Networking Wirelessly with Your Pocket PC
Part 5 - Practical Applications: Creating a Network Bridge; Networking a Game Console; Setting Up a Wireless Media Center; Adding Wireless Network Storage; Converting to a Digital Media Receiver; Turning Your Pocket PC into a Remote Control; Adding a Wireless Print Server to Your Network; Setting Up Your Own Hotspot; Voice Chatting With Your Wireless Network; Adding a Wireless Camera to Your Network

The "Just the Steps" sub-genre of the Dummies series involves a lot less narrative and background and more "step 1, step 2" information to enable you to get things up and running without necessarily knowing the complete background and history of the technology. For instance, if you need to determine the MAC address for a device, it's spelled out in three easy steps, complete with screen prints. As a result, it's pretty easy for someone to figure out how to get their wireless environment up and running quickly (and correctly!) without a minor degree in computer networking. The book covers Windows, Macs, and Pocket PCs, so you're well covered there. The book specifically uses the D-Link brand of router for the screen captures and steps, but it's pretty easy to translate between that brand and some other one you might be using, like LinkSys. Still, if you want the closest "book to reality" linkage, the D-Link brand is the one to use.

The reason I would have liked this book a couple of years ago is that I was pretty "network-phobic" (even being a techie!). I didn't understand how it all worked, and I had observed situations with fellow techies setting up wireless networks that had convinced me I'd be over my head. With a book like this, I'd have been much more likely to dive in with less trepidation. While I'm more comfortable these days with the whole subject, I can still see the benefit of a book like this. The practical applications listed in part 5 gave me some ideas for a few projects I might consider.

Quick read, but really beneficial... Ideal if you're not yet convinced that wireless is the way to go (it is...)

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