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Chapter 9. Things That Go Bump in the Net

Chapter 9. Things That Go Bump in the Net

There's no point in pretending that problems never happen. Life—computer life and life in general—can be seen as nothing but problems (“challenges,” “opportunities”) and solutions. What has always amazed us is the level to which people without much technical experience assume that they can't possibly solve computer problems. Although specialized knowledge certainly helps, troubleshooting is a universal skill. If you can figure out why your brakes are squeaking or why your sewing machine is jamming, you can figure out computer-related problems. Despite what many people think, there's no real difference.

For those of you who find tracking down and eliminating a problem intimidating, then, here's a guide that walks you through how we troubleshoot problems of all types. After that, we jump into looking at specific problems and solutions related to wireless networking. We don't pretend that we can solve every problem, but our computers and networks work well most of the time.


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