Little Network Book for Windows and Macintosh (Little Book Series)

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With computer prices dropping to unprecedented lows and networking equipment becoming more affordable, home networking is the way of the future. The growth of two-computer families is expected to continue, and manufacturers like Intel are jumping on this growing trend. Still, the thought of setting up a home network can be enough to intimidate all but the most techno-savvy.

The Little Networking Book for Macintosh and Windows shows how anyone can be a network administrator in their own home. The highly-respected author explains how to connect your computers to increase your power, share an Internet access line, exchange files and email, and more. Practical explanations and helpful screenshots and illustrations will take the stress out of home networking.

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The Little Networking Book is for you if you want to set up a network of Macintoshes, PCs, or both and want more than the essential procedural information. It presents everything you need to know about connecting machines but distinguishes itself from the pack by including lots of background information and casual advice. The style is friendly and welcoming, and it will appeal to anyone who's been intimidated by networking books in the past.

Once a solid foundation has been laid during an explanation of how to configure local area networks (LANs) for PCs and Macs, the authors extend their coverage to include LANs involving both kinds of computers. They structure their description of heterogeneous networks around specific tasks--explaining printer sharing, file sharing, and Internet sharing in this way. The explanation of sharing an Internet connection is particularly good. You'll find excellent sketches of all the hardware connections, as well as coverage of various gateway hardware and software.

The book discusses Windows networking under Windows 95 and 98, Mac networking under Mac OS, hubs, cabling, connectors, and Internet links. The Mac sections focus on Mac OS 8.5, but Mac OS 8.5 and Mac OS 8.6 are almost identical, and the authors include notes on various versions of Mac OS 7. --David Wall

About the Author:

Lon Poole has written many books about personal computers, including Macworld Mac OS 8.5 Bible, Your IBM PC, and Apple II User's Guide. A founding editor of Macworld magazine, Lon answers readers' questions every month in his "Quick Tips" column. His books and magazine articles have won several awards, including a Maggie Award, American Society of Business Press Editors award, and a Book Bytes Award.

John Rizzo is an author and consultant specializing in Windows and Macintosh networking and integration. He runs the MacWindows.com Web site, wrote columns for eMediaweekly and MacWeek, and writes columns for Computer Currents. He has written and contributed to several books. He authored the best-selling How Macs Work and was a contributor to How Computers Work by Ron White.

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