Our aim for this book is simple. We want to make the benefits of creating a home network available to all those people out there who are not network engineers or computer science majors. We also want to help explain basic networking concepts so that you have some idea of why things are done, rather than just how things are done (which is where most how-to books leave you at the end of the day).

The primary reason computer networks exist is to enable the sharing of resources and information. In the home, this includes things as basic as sharing an Internet connection among several users. Sharing, however, can also include slightly more complicated feats, such as printer sharing, file sharing, music sharing, and even head-to-head or ...

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