Although networking may seem daunting to the newcomer, it's as important to using today's computers as knowing how to use a floppy disk was 20 years ago. There are plenty of people who will help you, too; just ask your friends. Everyone has an opinion on how to do things right. Above all, don't be afraid to experiment. Today's networking gear, despite its complexity, usually works better than anyone would have imagined even a decade ago.