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Book Review - Home Networking - The Missing Manual by Scott Lowe

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Boy, I wish I had this book about a year ago...  Home Networking - The Missing Manual by Scott Lowe...

Part 1 - Setting Up Your Network: Planning Your Home Network; Creating a Wired Network the Ethernet Way; Setting Up a Wireless Network; Setting Up a Powerline Network
Part 2 - Using Your Network: Using the Network with Windows Computers; Using the Network with Macintosh Computers; Mixing Macintosh and Windows Computers; Fun and Games with Your Network; Using Your Network on the Road
Appendix: The Macintosh Keychain; Multiple User Accounts in Mac OS 9

My lack and fear of networking is well-known amongst my geek friends.  It's one of those things I don't get and pretty much don't dabble in, either.  I won't tell you how long I had a cat-5 cable snaking up my basement stairs and across the kitchen floor in order to do Internet Connection Sharing with the computer that had the internal DSL modem.  And I was *proud* to have figured that much out!  With this book, I would have purchased the wireless router *much* sooner, and I wouldn't have paid the cable guy $50 for screwing in the cable modem as the "install".  Lowe takes what can be a daunting subject and simplifies it enough that even non-geeks can follow along.  There are plenty of pictures, and the instructions are clear and concise.  And by including both PC and Mac networking, you should be able to use the information in this book regardless of your operating system preference...

As a computer geek (just not one that does networking), I was highly impressed that he included electrical system networking.  This seems to be one of those technologies that's on the cusp of becoming mainstream, but just hasn't bridged that chasm yet.  While I don't think that'd be my first recommendation to someone unless absolutely necessary, it's nice to see it included as a viable option for the adventurous.  Well done...

If you have more than one computer at home and you've been putting off networking them together due to lack of knowledge, delay no longer.  Grab a copy of this book, and get "hooked up" in no time...


Gravatar Image1 - I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoyed my book! Thank you for the kind words and good luck in your home networking adventures!

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