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Introduction > What Can You Do with a Home Network?

What Can You Do with a Home Network?

Most people first think about setting up a network so that everyone at home can get online at the same time. And given the rapidly falling prices of networking gear today—an inexpensive basic network can be put together for less than 50 dollars—that’s a worthwhile reason to get connected. But Internet connection sharing is only the first among many things you’ll learn how to do once you’ve laid down your links:

  • Go wireless. Networking’s been possible for years, but only recently has it gone wireless (or WiFi, as you’ve probably heard it called). Chapter 3 shows you how easy it is to get unplugged.

  • Extend your network to the far corners of your house. You don’t need to live in a mansion to run into one of the most basic challenges known to networking-kind: how to extend your network into those hard-to-reach corners of your home. Learn how WiFi (


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