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I. Setting Up Your Network > 1. Planning Your Home Network

Chapter 1. Planning Your Home Network

Sure, there are a heck of a lot of products in the networking aisle down at Big Giant Computer Store, but don’t be overwhelmed. Planning a home network is a lot like picking the types of telephones you need when you’re moving into a new home: you can choose between old-fashioned landlines and snazzy wireless cellphones, corded and cordless handsets, speakerphones and headsets. Nowadays, you can even get walkie-talkie features or the ability to make calls over the Internet. But, thankfully, in order to choose from this smorgasbord of options, you don’t need to know anything about the phone system’s underlying technology. You do, however, need to understand some telephone basics, like the fact that you don’t need to have a phone jack in every room if you’re going to go the cordless phone route.


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