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About This Book

This book is broken down into two main parts: Part One covers planning, buying, and setting up your network. The four chapters in this part help you decide what kind of network makes sense for your home; how to pick out the right gear; and how to get everything plugged in and running. By the end of Part One, all the computers in your home can tap into and share a nice, juicy Internet connection.

Part Two covers the things you can actually do on your network once it’s working, including exchanging files between computers, connecting your PCs to your stereo, and tapping into your network when you’re on the road. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find in each chapter.

Note

Throughout this book you’ll see that the setup instructions mention high-speed Internet connections (like cable modem service or DSL), rather than plain old dial-up links. Does that mean that if you’ve got a dial-up Internet connection you can’t use this book? No, but frankly many of the scenarios described in this book will be painfully slow if you try to carry them out with a dial-up connection. So home networking works for everybody, but it’s a lot more fun if you’ve got a fast Internet connection.


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