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Chapter 1. Why You Want Your Own Network > Big and Scary Networks: The Simplest...

Big and Scary Networks: The Simplest Introduction You'll Ever Read

It's easy to be overwhelmed by technical jargon, and the subject of networks has certainly been one of the worst examples of this. It often seems as though the experts like to throw around a lot of complicated language for no better reason than to confuse the uninitiated. Maybe that makes the experts feel as though they know something that's their little secret, but it's not very helpful to people who simply want something that works. Phrases like “Wi-Fi infrastructure mode,” “stateful packet inspection,” and “upstream bandwidth” simply don't belong in our vocabulary!

The truth is that a home network doesn't really have to be difficult or complex. You don't have to join some geek squad or spend hours learning a new language to successfully create a functioning home network. In fact, you'll find that the project is fairly simple and pretty satisfying.


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