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Chapter 21. Instant Networking > Creating Your Own LAN

Creating Your Own LAN

Do you remember the days when you could fix your own car, but local area networks (LANs) were the domain of technical wizards with expensive and mysterious tools? It seems like the situation is the other way around now. When I open the hood of my car, I can't make heads or tails of the jumble of black boxes, wires, hoses and…things, and I don't even know whether a carburetor is in there somewhere. LANs, on the other hand, have become so simple that just about anyone can install one in his or her home or office in an afternoon.

This chapter is directed toward a small group of users, at home or at work, who want to set up a LAN for themselves. This type of LAN is called a peer-to-peer network because no one computer has a central role in managing the network. This type of network doesn't take full advantage of all of Windows 2000 Professional's networking capabilities, but unless you have dozens of computers to network, you probably don't need all those capabilities. For you, a peer-to-peer network may be just the thing to let you share files and printers with your co-workers or housemates.


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