Networking for Dummies, 8th Edition

  • 6h 12m
  • Doug Lowe
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2007

Company just hooked you up to a network and you’re wondering what the heck you’re supposed to do with it? Tired of burning spreadsheets onto CDs just so you can share them with coworkers, and you’re wondering what it’ll take to set up a network in your organization? Been tasked with setting up a network and you don’t have a clue about where to begin? Don’t fret, you’ll find all the answers you’re looking for in Networking for Dummies.

Written for even the most network-shy novice, it begins with the most basic of basics—“A network is nothing more than two or more computers connected by a cable (or wireless adapter) so that they can share information”—and progresses through all the essentials, from cables, routers and hubs to building a wireless network. In clear, simple language, peppered with enough wry quips and jabs at the cult of IT to make it fun, Doug Lowe walks you through:

  • What a network is and how to use it
  • How to build a wired or wireless network
  • How to secure and optimize a network
  • How to troubleshoot a network
  • Safely connecting a network to the Internet
  • Networking with all major operating systems

This new edition of the bestselling guide features extensive updates on the latest networking tools and trends—including new Windows Vista and Server 2003 R2—the latest broadband options, new storage and back-ups, and an all new-chapter on VoIP and Internet telephony.

In this Book

  • Networks Will Not Take Over the World, and Other Network Basics
  • Life on the Network
  • More Ways to Use Your Network
  • Planning Your Network
  • Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave—Cables, Adapters, and Other Stuff
  • Dealing with TCP/IP
  • Setting Up a Server
  • Configuring Windows XP and Vista Clients
  • Wireless Networking
  • Connecting Your Network to the Internet
  • Running a Mail Server
  • Creating an Intranet
  • Is It a Phone or a Computer? (Or, Understanding VoIP and Convergence)
  • Connecting from Home
  • Welcome to Network Management
  • Managing User Accounts with Active Directory
  • Managing Network Storage
  • Network Performance Anxiety
  • Solving Network Problems
  • How to Stay on Top of Your Network and Keep Its Users Off Your Back
  • Backing Up Your Data
  • Securing Your Network
  • Hardening Your Network
  • Networking with Linux
  • Macintosh Networking
  • More Than Ten Big Network Mistakes
  • Ten Networking Commandments
  • Ten Things You Should Keep in Your Closet
  • Layers of the OSI Model
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