Speed!: Understanding and Installing Home Networks (Sams by Michael Wolf

By Michael Wolf

This booklet is greater than a consultant. it's a helpful reference that's written in simple, non-technical language so readers can positioned the knowledge to take advantage of straightaway. There are descriptions of the newest applied sciences, protocols, prone, and software program applications. The reader will unearth equipment on the best way to create a cost-effective and safe community for his or her households in addition to their home business. the writer teaches how you can decide the fitting networking answer; discovering loose and reasonably cheap connection software program; making sure community protection, in addition to how you can get monetary savings through sharing an online connection between a number of desktops. And most significantly, the home-owner will detect tips to plan for his or her network's destiny extensibility. All of this whereas studying easy methods to use the house community to paintings, speak, and play in new methods.

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Without a home network, a second connection to your broadband connection would require an investment in another broadband modem, which would set you back as much as $200 to $300. Sharing Files In the dark ages (about 10 years ago), most people using PCs at home, and many at work, would share files using what was called Sneakernet. Sneakernet is the highly complex network that is built using floppy disks and an old pair of sneakers. If someone wanted to, for example, look at the family finances file from the PC upstairs on his other PC in the basement, he would have to employ his Sneakernet by trudging upstairs, putting a floppy into the hard drive, copying the file, and then walking downstairs and popping the floppy into the other PC.

44MB on a floppy), and even use your CDs as an alternative method for backing up files. 3 Sharing a printer on a home network. You can also utilize a home network to share a printer when one printer in the home is clearly better than any other printer. Some homes have invested in a laser printer, which can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000, and using a network to share the “nice” printer is the way to go. Shoot Your Brother or Roommate (Virtually, of Course) Okay, so we don’t really recommend shooting your roommate, at least not in a real sense.

One to two Mbps is plenty fast for an Internet connection when you consider that most of us are using a 56Kbps, or 56 kilobits per second, modem. One megabit is 1,000 times a kilobit. A 1Mbps cable modem connection is about 20 times as fast as a 56Kbps connection. Although all this might be somewhat confusing, think of it this way: A music file, such as a song by your favorite artist, might take up to 30 minutes to receive over a dial-up modem operating at 56Kbps. With a broadband modem, the same file might take only a minute.

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