Networking Home PCs For Dummies?

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9780764504914: Networking Home PCs For Dummies?

Tired of battling over who gets to use which computers at home? Don't feel like spending money on another modem and phone line or another hard drive or printer? Here's an idea -- set up your own home network. With expert advice from networking authority Kathy Ivens, you can quickly and easily figure out what you need to know to connect your PCs and peripherals (and save a great deal of money -- plus eliminate headaches -- in the process).

Networking Home PCs For Dummies gives you fast and friendly advice on how to

  • Set up the hardware you need, from network interface cards to cables and connectors
  • Configure software so your computers can talk to one another
  • Create user profiles, personalize desktops, and establish passwords
  • Access software -- or play games -- across your networked computers
  • Share hardware, including drives, printers, and modems, among computers
Plus, the bonus CD-ROM included with Networking Home PCs For Dummies contains trial versions of several software programs (including NetNanny 3.1, WinZip 7.0, and anti-virus programs) that you may want to consider for your home network.

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Kathy Ivens notes in the introduction to Networking Home PCs for Dummies, "I think that if you have more than one computer in your home, you should have a network." Ivens knows of what she speaks; as a columnist for Windows NT Magazine, she lives in the thick of the networked PC world. By linking together your computers, she observes, you eliminate the problem of remembering where a file is stored or whose turn it is on the Net. And you save money by routing all your machines to a single set of hardware like printers, scanners, etc.

Each chapter covers a single subject, such as "Installing Telephone Line Networking Hardware and Software," "Cabling the House," "Profiling Users," "Using Files on Remote Computers," "Sharing Printers," "Sharing Peripheral Drives," or "Sharing a Modem." The step-by-step instructions are frequently augmented with optional technical explanations, and chapters often provide "links" to other sections with related content. One caution: as long as you are a Windows 95 or 98 user, you are in good hands. All of the screen shots and procedures described involve Windows 95 and 98 software. But if you are a Mac user, Unix user, or Windows 3.x or NT user, you'll need to look elsewhere (though an appendix does explain how to add a Mac to a PC network). The book also includes a large glossary and a CD-ROM full of freeware, shareware, and evaluation software (including evaluation versions of Net Nanny and Norton Utilities). --Patrick O'Kelley

From the Back Cover:

Home Networking Cheat Sheet Included!

Your Complete Guide to Networking Home PCs! Tired of haggling over who's going to check e-mail first? Don't want to spend any more money on another modem and phone line — or hard drive or printer for that matter? Set up a home network! With the expert advice of Kathy Ivens, you'll quickly and easily figure out what you need to know to connect your PCs and peripherals — and save a lot of money and headaches! Valuable Bonus CD Includes:

  • Evaluation version of Net Nanny 3.1
  • Shareware versions of WinZip 7.0 and ThunderBYTE AntiVirus 95 for Windows
  • Trial versions of CleanSweep and Norton Utilities
Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like particular programs, register with their authors for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. Freeware programs are free copyrighted games, applications, and utilities. You can copy them to as many PCs as you like — free — but they have no technical support. System Requirements: 486 or faster PC running Windows 95 or Windows 98; 16MB RAM (24 MB recommended); CD-ROM drive double speed (2x) or faster.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Set up the hardware you need — network interface cards, cables, and connectors
  • Configure software so your computers can talk to one another
  • Create user profiles, personalize desktops, and establish passwords
  • Access software — and play games — across computers
  • Share hardware — drives, printers, and modems
  • Set up the hardware you need — network interface cards, cables, and connectors

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