John Ross

John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), Itís Never Done That Before (No Starch), and numerous other titles.

Network Know-How Network Know-How (No Starch)
by John Ross
February 2009
Print: $29.95
Ebook: $23.95

It's Never Done That Before It's Never Done That Before (No Starch)
by John Ross
May 2006

Book of Wi-Fi Book of Wi-Fi (No Starch)
by John Ross
March 2003

"... unquestionably the best single source that takes the non-professional through the steps of laying out a home or small business network."
--Ric Getter, MacDirectory

"Very, very well done. I have to give it a top rating."
--Tony Lawrence,

"My husband is not a book reader, so I was surprised that he read it...over and over. We want to network our home computers, and he said this book was such a helpful guide. "
--Sarah Harvey,

"Ross provides readers with enough information to set up networks in the home or in a small business without overwhelming them with unnecessarily advanced details."
--Linux Pro Magazine, August 2009, Issue 105

"This book is definitely filled with practical advice in plain English. You’ll be able to enjoy technology and impress your friends after reading Networking Know How."
--Lisa Martin, Lisa Reviews

"...just awesome for parents whose family members have two or more computers, because it will show you step by step how to connect them together and to the internet. "
--The Opinionated Parent

"[Network Know-How: An Essential Guide for the Accidental Admin] provides just enough TCP/IP, just enough basic networking equipment (hubs, routers and switches), just enough about wires and wireless connections, just enough security and just enough about software to give your neighbor, aunt or boss the vocabulary and know-how to manage their own small network."
--Sandra Henry-Stocker, IT World

"...the book is very well written and delivers lots of practical information...Advanced readers would do well to pick up copies for their less technical friends or family members. "
--Dru Lavigne, Toolbox for IT

"One of the highlights of this book is the practical ideas given for designing and implementing the network control center using the appropriate network equipment and power supplies."
--Ganadeva Bandyopadhyay,

"Network Know-How is written in such a clear and organized manner that almost anybody will be able to use it to create their own home network."
--Jennifer Wagner, Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture Technology

"Network Know-How is a great book...I highly recommend [it]. "
--Jeff Gedgaud, Associated Content

"The book starts out with some basic theory, which is surprisingly helpful when starting your home network. (When you can understand how your machines can work together, it makes for a much simpler application.) It continues with detailed directions on how to set up and configure all of your devices (shared printers, for example). It concludes with a complete troubleshooting guide (which alone is worth the price of the book)."
--Linsey Knerl, Wisebread

"Ross's book does provide an excellent introduction to how to set up and maintain a simple home computer network. He has done the very hard work of culling out the most essential aspects of the voluminous data on network administration found in so many of the other more technical works and organized this into a superb computer network book that is a valuable resource for anyone interested in a home computer network."
--Dale Farris, Reviews Coordinator, Golden Triangle PC Club

"I liked that they start right with the hardware and have a couple of tips about the physical task of setting up a network, something that is often left out of the discussion of network set-up."
--Zoltan Hunt,

"This inexpensive volume will become a necessary companion to all home and small business users who must now install and maintain a computer network to meet their own needs and desires."
--Ira Laefsky,

"If you or anyone you know has a wireless network or is planning on setting one up, The Book of Wireless is a valuable resource to read. You will gain a better understanding of wireless networking. No matter which operating system you are using, you will be able to connect and setup a secure wireless network in no time."
--Bill Keyes,

"The Book of Wireless is [a] remarkably lucid and detailed guide that maintains a focus on practical aspects of wireless networking in a small (home and small office) environment, and especially for laptop users."
--Major Keary, Linux and Open Source SIG

"If you or anyone you know has a wireless network or is planning on setting up one, The Book of Wireless is a valuable resource."
--Bill Keys, Linux Security

"The depth of understanding of the whys and hows of wireless networking are certainly nothing to scoff at, and why this book has a permanent place on my shelf, and why it belongs on yours."
--Tom Bridge, About This Particular Macintosh

"I wasn't disappointed with the newest edition of this book, and I don't think you will be, either. If you want a book that's informative, easy to read, and fun, pick up a copy of The Book of Wireless."
--James Pyles, Linux Magazine