February 7, 2005
"Home Networking Annoyances": Relief for the Headaches of Running a Home Network
Sebastopol, CA--The beauty of a home network is that it can make life so
easy--what could be better than sharing an Internet connection so everyone
can be online at the same time? You can move files from one computer to
another, share resources, print to a single printer or multiple printers
from any computer in the house, and IM the kids when they're holed up in
their rooms. And the downside? Anyone who's ever had to troubleshoot a
network glitch knows the answer to that question. The simple words, "Why
can't I print?" are enough to send the home network administrator running
for cover. Running a close second are: "Why can't I get on the Internet?"
and "Why does my computer say 'Access Denied' today, when it worked fine
yesterday?" And the concept of "network security" can keep the soundest
sleeper tossing and turning all night.
More than 8 million home networks in the US--expected to jump to 37
million within five years--speak to the availability of easy-to-install
home networking products. Unfortunately, there's also a glut of potential
headaches that can occur after installation (and sometimes during) with no
warning label on the box to advise, "This product sure to cause
annoyances." But help is here. Home Networking Annoyances (O'Reilly, US
$24.95) by Kathy Ivens is a must-have resource for families and small
business folks looking to troubleshoot connection problems, share printers
swap files, and ward off intruders.
As Ivens notes, "Installing a network is easier than most people think,
but maintaining a network is almost as much work as raising children."
Like most computer professionals, Ivens is constantly asked for--and doles
out--help, advice, and opinions. "Every event and occasion in my life
seems to produce questions about computers," she muses, "and for the past
few years, the vast majority of questions were about home networks." The
freebie consulting sessions occurred at dinner parties, in line at the
bank, and even in an operating room: "The anesthesiologist, poising the IV
above my arm, asked me to solve her wireless problem. After a satisfactory
response, I was permitted to drift off," says Ivens.
Ivens's new book tackles all the common annoyances associated with running
a network--whether it's wired or wireless, Mac or PC, or a combination
thereof. Its friendly, off-the-cuff approach will put readers in a
position of power over those home networking glitches, including file
sharing, printing, cabling, security, and much more. The book offers
dozens of on-target tips, workarounds, and fixes to help improve the home
networking experience in every way possible. Topics covered include:
Hardware horror stories: Get help adding a wireless laptop, Mac, printer,
or fifth PC to a network.
Welcome to the network neighborhood: Learn how to find, access, and
troubleshoot drives, folders, and other computers on your network.
Batten down the hatches: Keep your sanity as you fight viruses, worms,
and hackers, and struggle to keep your private files private.
Other miscellaneous irritations: Find answers to logon, password, ISP,
instant messenger, AOL, and Windows annoyances.
Whether you're a mainstream business user or a home user with newly
installed network hardware, you've probably had your patience tested by
frustrating network maintenance issues. Take a stand against annoyances
now: Home Networking Annoyances is your ticket to serenity.
Home Networking Annoyances
ISBN: 0-596-00808-2, 209 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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