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The little network book
Poole, Lon.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Peachpit, [1999]

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xv, 260 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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TK5105.5 .P66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With computer prices dropping to unprecedented lows and networking equipment becoming more affordable, home networking is the way of the future. The growth of two-computer families is expected to continue, and manufacturers like Intel are jumping on this growing trend. Still, the thought of setting up a home network can be enough to intimidate all but the most techno-savvy. The Little Networking Book for Macintosh and Windows shows how anyone can be a network administrator in their own home. The highly-respected author explains how to connect your computers to increase your power, share an Internet access line, exchange files and email, and more. Practical explanations and helpful screenshots and illustrations will take the stress out of home networking.

Author Notes

John Rizzo is a Portland-based IACP Award-winning photographer.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

1 What Makes a Network Work?Network Nuts & Bolts
What a Network Can Do
What a Network Needs
At Least Two Computers
Network Hardware
Why You Don't Need a Server
Network Software
Your Network's Services
What a Network Costs
How to Make a Network
2 Connect the Computers
Choose a Type of Network
Ethernet Networks
Fast Ethernet Networks
LocalTalk Networks
Alternative Network Types
Phone-Line Networks
Power-Line Networks
Wireless Networks
Planning and Installing an Ethernet Network
Getting the Hardware
Choosing Etheret Adapters
Choosing a Hub
Cables and Jacks Installing Network Adapters
Connecting the Computers
Installing a LocalTalk Network
Installing a Phone-Line, Power-Line, or Wireless Network
3 Set Up Your Windows Network Software
Windows Networking Software
Plug and Play Software Installation
The Network Dialog Box
Configuring the Network Adapter
Adding a Network Adapter
Checking the Adapter Settings
Installing the Client Software
Checking the Client Settings
Choosing Protocols
Checking Installed Protocols
Adding Protocols
Configuring NetBEUI or IPX/SPX
Configuring TCP/IP for a Local Network
Naming the Computer
4 Set Up Your Mac Network Software.Mac OS Network Software
Open Transport Software
Mac Network Protocols
Setting Up AppleTalk
Activating AppleTalk
Selecting the AppleTalk Connector
Naming Your Mac
Setting Up TCP/IP
IP Addresses
Activating TCP/IP
Creating a New Configuration
Selecting the TCP/IP Port
Specifying an IP Address
Switching TCP/IP Configurations
Work and Play
5 Share an Internet Connection
What Does the Gateway Do?
Choosing an Internet Connection
Connecting via Regular Modem
Connecting via Cable Modem
Cable Modem Availability
The Cable Modem Connection
Connecting via ISDN
Connecting via DSL
Establishing an Internet Account
About Internet Gateways
Hardware Gateways
Software Gateways
6 Share Printers
Types of Printers to Share
Getting Ready to Share a Printer
Setting Up a Local PC Printer for Sharing
Setting Up a Local Mac Printer for Sharing
Setting Up Independent Network Printers
Using Shared Printers from a PC
Connecting PCs to AppleTalk Printers
Using Shared Printers from a Macintosh
Connecting Macs to Shared PC Printers
7 Share Files with Others
Sharing Files with Other Windows PCs
Installing the File Sharing Service
Setting Access Control
Selecting Folders to Share
Monitoring Shared Items
Sharing Files with Other Macs
Turn File Sharing On/Off
Selecting Folders to Share
Setting Basic Access Privileges
Setting Guest Access
The Fine Points of Mac File Sharing
Ins and Outs of Access Privileges
Adding/Removing Users
Adding Groups
Monitoring File-Sharing Activity
Inherited Access Privileges
File Sharing Between Windows and Macintosh
Web Technology for Cross-Platform Sharing
Software for Cross-Platform Sharing
Adding a Dedicated File Server
Security Reminders
8 Use Other Computers' Shared Files
Browsing Your Network
Using Other PCs' Shared Files
Connecting to Shared Items
Using Other Macs' Shared Files
Connecting from the Chooser
Connecting with the Network Browser
Connect with a Macintosh Alias
Your Access Privileges
Disconnecting from Shared Items
9 Serious Fun and Games
Playing Games on Your Network
TCP/IP Settings
Setting Up IPX/SPX in Windows
Setting Up IPX in Mac OS
Examples of Network Games
Star Wars
X-Wing Alliance
Instant Messaging
HDS Messaging
Accessing Shared Databases
Using FileMaker Pro
Sharing a FileMaker Pro Database
Group Calendars and Organizers
File Backup
Software for Your Backup
Controlling Another Computer
Timbuktu Pro