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Home networking! : I didn't know you could do that--
Sherman, Erik.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : SYBEX, [2000]

Physical Description:
xviii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
Includes index.
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TK5105.5 .S4295 2000 TEXT Book and Software Set Central Closed Stacks

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Home networking is the hottest home technology for the turn of the millennium. Until recently, networking home PCs was painful and clumsy, involving installing a network card in each PC, drilling holes in the walls, and running cable. This guide will help users learn what can be done now that the home networking is installed. CD includes anti-virus software, backup utilities, e-mail applications, EarthLink ISP software, parental controls, Web browsers, and proxy servers.

Author Notes

Erik B. Sherman's work has appeared in many publications, including Newsweek, GQ, Computerworld, Home Office Computing, Small Business Computing, Computer Shopper, and CIO. Erik writes about operating systems, networking, graphics, consumer issues, science, business processes, and entertainment. He also covers new kitchen-related products in his syndicated column, "Flash in the Pan."

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Put the Network in its Placep. 1
Become the Network Cable Guyp. 2
Run a Network over Your Phone Linesp. 16
Run a Network over Your Power Linesp. 19
Run a Network through the Airp. 23
Connect Older Computers to Your Home Networkp. 24
Connect a Mac to Your Home Networkp. 27
Mix Home Networking Technologiesp. 31
Devise Great Locations for Network Connectionsp. 32
Set Up the Network Softwarep. 33
Get Your Network to Work for Youp. 41
Share Files on the Networkp. 42
Share Applications across the Networkp. 51
Share Devices across the Networkp. 55
Protect Your Network Files from Data Lossp. 59
Protect Your Home Network from Viruses with VirusNetp. 64
Troubleshoot Network Problemsp. 66
Check TCP/IP Performance with Ping and Winipcfgp. 69
Stay Legalp. 71
Maintain Hard-Drive Performancep. 72
Let Computers Talk with a Network Protocolp. 75
Connect to Your Home Network on the Runp. 77
Connect Handheld Devices to Your Home Networkp. 78
Connect Your Notebook or Laptop to Your Home Networkp. 85
Remotely Access Your Home Network with a Windows 98 Dial-Up Serverp. 88
Use LapLink Professional to Connect a Portable Computer to a Networked Computerp. 92
Access Your Home Network via the Internetp. 93
Get Your E-mail while on the Roadp. 94
Synchronize Data between Your Portable and Your Networkp. 98
Use Your Network to Deliver Entertainmentp. 103
Turn Your Networked Computers into Entertainment Stationsp. 104
Put Your Audio on an MP3 Serverp. 113
Find Music on the Internetp. 117
Get Information on CDs from the Web to Your Network's MP3 Serverp. 118
Bring Music from Your Network with You Wherever You Gop. 119
Play Radio from the Internetp. 120
Add TV to a Home Networkp. 122
Store Video on Your Networkp. 124
Create Your Own CDsp. 125
Connect Your Network to the Outside Worldp. 127
Connect Your Network to the Internet at High Speedp. 128
Share Your Internet Connection over the Networkp. 137
Connect Your Network to the Internetp. 140
Run Your Own E-mail Systemp. 143
Create Your Own Web Serverp. 145
Protect Your Kids on the Internetp. 146
Set Up Your Own Private "Neighborhood" Networkp. 150
Use Your Network to Communicate with the Worldp. 153
Turn Your Network into an Internet Phone Exchangep. 154
Call a Regular Telephone with an IP Telephony Servicep. 160
Manage Phone Calls when Your Network Dials Up the Internetp. 162
Put a Face Behind the Words with Video Phoningp. 164
Put an Answering Service on Your Network with Call Centerp. 168
Set up a Fax Serverp. 170
Create a Home Intercom Systemp. 172
Support Your Home Office with Your Home Networkp. 177
Put Your "Real" Office on the Other End of Your Networkp. 178
Meet Clients and Associates with Video Teleconferencingp. 183
Create an E-Business and Run It off Your Networkp. 185
Use Fax Systems to Get Information to Your Customersp. 188
Make Your Voice Mail Sound Like a Businessp. 191
Network Your Vital Business Information with Ziata!p. 192
Rid Yourself of Paper Piles with a Networked Document Serverp. 195
Use Electronic Surveys to Make You Market Smartp. 196
Support a Virtual Office with Collaboration on Your Networkp. 200
Keep Your Network and Home Securep. 203
Protect Your Files and Communicationsp. 204
Protect Your Network from Power Problemsp. 209
Put a Firewall between Your Network and the Internetp. 212
Get Control of Your Passwordsp. 215
Turn a Network into a Home Security System with ActiveHomep. 218
Control the Lights with ActiveHome When You Are Awayp. 221
See What Is Happening at a Distance with Videop. 224
Make Your Network a Home Productivity Toolp. 231
Keep a Central Network Phone List for Everyonep. 232
Get All Your Phone Calls with a Network Phone Message Systemp. 236
Let Everyone Use the Same Shopping and To-Do Listsp. 241
Track Household Finances on Your Networkp. 242
Automate Your Meals with a Kitchen Network Centerp. 244
Automate Your Home with X10 and Your Networkp. 247
Set Up a Learning Lab for Children of all Agesp. 253
Let Your Kids Do Homework over the Internetp. 254
Have Children Do School Work over Your Networkp. 256
Turn Screen Savers into Brain Feedersp. 258
Turn Your Network into a Virtual Planetarium with SkyGlassp. 261
Learn about the Weatherp. 262
Create a Network Reading Centerp. 265
Learn Music on Your Networkp. 268
Get Experience in the High-Paying Networking Fieldp. 272
Adult Education on Your Networkp. 273
Play Multiplayer Games on Your Networkp. 275
Set Up Your Network to Run Multiplayer Gamesp. 276
Colonize Planets and Have Interstellar Battles with Warpath 97p. 279
Play a Traditional Card Game Such As Heartsp. 281
Quake Your Networkp. 282
Indexp. 283