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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 HOW A NETWORK WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

    1. What's a Network?

    2. Sneakernet

    3. Data Networks and What You Can Do with Them

  2. Chapter 2 TYPES OF NETWORK CONNECTIONS

    1. Packets and Headers

    2. Ethernet

    3. Wi-Fi

    4. Powerline Networks

    5. Other Alternative Wiring Methods

    6. DTE and DCE Equipment

    7. Point-to-Point Networks

    8. Connections Through a Telephone Line

    9. Remote Terminals

    10. Clients and Servers

  3. Chapter 3 HUBS, SWITCHES, AND ROUTERS

    1. Hubs and Switches

    2. LANs and WANs

    3. Bridges and Routers

    4. Combination Boxes

  4. Chapter 4 HOW COMPUTER NETWORKS ARE ORGANIZED

    1. TCP/IP Networks

    2. Network Tools

  5. Chapter 5 DESIGNING YOUR NETWORK

    1. Identifying Current and Future Nodes

    2. The Control Center

    3. What About Wi-Fi?

  6. Chapter 6 INSTALLING THE NETWORK CONTROL CENTER AND ETHERNET CABLES

    1. Connectors, Wall Plates, and Surface Boxes

    2. Ethernet Cable

    3. Pushing Cable Through Walls

    4. The Control Center

    5. Tabletop Control Centers for Small Networks

  7. Chapter 7 ETHERNET NETWORK INTERFACES

    1. Built into the Motherboard

    2. Adding a Network Interface to an Old Computer

    3. Status Lights on Network Adapters

  8. Chapter 8 WI-FI NETWORKS

    1. Types of Wi-Fi Networks

    2. Operating Channels

    3. Access Points

    4. Network Interface Adapters

    5. Wi-Fi Control Programs

    6. Hybrid (Wired-Wireless) Networks

    7. Wi-Fi Security

  9. Chapter 9 FILE SERVERS

    1. Choosing a Computer to Use as a File Server

    2. Windows, Mac, Linux, or . . . ?

    3. Using a Server for File Storage

    4. Using Network-Attached Storage

    5. Backing Up Files to a Server

    6. Using a Server at Home

  10. Chapter 10 CONNECTING YOUR NETWORK TO THE INTERNET

    1. The Internet: From the Cloud to You

    2. Configuring the Network Gateway

    3. Summary

  11. Chapter 11 CONNECTING YOUR COMPUTER TO A NETWORK

    1. Connecting Your Windows Computer to a Network

    2. Connecting Your Macintosh Computer to a Network

    3. Connecting Your Linux or Unix Computer to a Network

    4. Summary

  12. Chapter 12 SHARING FILES THROUGH YOUR NETWORK

    1. File Sharing in Windows XP

    2. File Sharing in Windows Vista

    3. File Sharing on a Macintosh

    4. File Sharing in Linux and Unix

    5. Using Shares

  13. Chapter 13 NETWORK SECURITY

    1. Keeping Intruders Out

    2. Virtual Private Networks

    3. Wireless Security

    4. Physical Security

    5. Windows Update and Patches

    6. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

    7. Controlling Your Own Users

    8. Denial of Service Attacks

    9. Conclusion

  14. Chapter 14 PRINTERS AND OTHER DEVICES ON YOUR NETWORK

    1. How to Connect a Printer to Your Network

    2. CUPS: The Common Unix Printing System

    3. All-in-One Devices

  15. Chapter 15 OTHER THINGS YOU CAN CONNECT TO YOUR NETWORK

    1. Using a Microphone and Camera with Your Network

    2. Home Entertainment Networks

    3. Music Through a Home Network

    4. Video Through a Home Network

    5. Game Consoles

    6. Connecting Home Appliances to Your Network

    7. Home Automation

    8. Remote Sensors and Controls

    9. Bar Code Readers and Remote Data Entry

    10. If You Can Convert It to Digits, You Can Put It on the Network

  16. Chapter 16 OTHER NETWORK APPLICATIONS

    1. Remote Desktop

    2. MaxiVista: Adding a Screen

    3. Synchronizing Files

    4. Instant Messaging and Live Communication

  17. Chapter 17 TROUBLESHOOTING

    1. General Troubleshooting Techniques

    2. Viruses and Other Nasties

    3. Other Common Problems

    4. An Alternate Connection to the Internet

    5. The Collective Wisdom of the Internet

    6. Software for Troubleshooting

    7. ISP Problems

    8. Don't Panic

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