If you have two or more computers and you don't already have a network, you need one—it's about that simple. A network offers many advantages, including
The ability to share a single Internet connection; this is an especially big win if you use a broadband DSL or cable Internet service.
Sharing of files and printers, so that you can get at your data and use any of your printers from any of your computers.
The ability to quickly transfer files from one computer to another; this can help you move from an old to a new computer, and can also serve as the basis of a simple but effective backup scheme.
Two words: multi-user games. (Or is that three words?)
In this chapter, we'll discuss how to construct and configure a network based ...