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TitleWireless Home Networking for Dummies (ISBN - 0470258896)
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Table of Contents
                            Wireless Home Networking for Dummies
	Contents at a Glance
	About the Authors
	Authors’ Acknowledgments
	Table of Contents
		About This Book
		System Requirements
		How This Book Is Organized
		Icons Used in This Book
		Where to Go from Here
	Part I: Wireless Networking Fundamentals
		Chapter 1: Introducing Wireless Home Networking
			Nothing but Net(work): Why You Need One
			Wired versus Wireless
			Choosing a Wireless Standard
			Planning Your Wireless Home Network
			Choosing Wireless Networking Equipment
		Chapter 2: From a to n and b-yond
			Networking Buzzwords You Need to Know
			Get the (Access) Point?
			Your Wireless Network’s Power Station: The Antenna
			Industry Standards
		Chapter 3: Bluetooth and Other Wireless Networks
			Who or What Is Bluetooth?
			Wi-Fi versus Bluetooth
			Piconets, Masters, and Slaves
			Integrating Bluetooth into Your Wireless Network
			Extending Your Wireless Home Network with “No New Wires” Solutions
			Controlling Your Home without Wires
	Part II: Making Plans
		Chapter 4: Planning a Wireless Home Network
			Deciding What to Connect to the Network
			Connecting to the Internet
			Budgeting for Your Wireless Network
			Planning Security
		Chapter 5: Choosing Wireless Home Networking Equipment
			Access Point Selection
			Certification and Standards Support
			Compatibility and Form Factor
			Bundled Functionality: Servers, Gateways, Routers, and Switches
			Operational Features
			Range and Coverage Issues
			Customer and Technical Support
	Part III: Installing a Wireless Network
		Chapter 6: Installing Wireless Access Points in Windows
			Before Getting Started, Get Prepared
			Setting Up the Access Point
			Changing the AP Configuration
		Chapter 7: Setting Up a Wireless Windows Network
			Setting Up Wireless Network Interface Adapters
			Wireless Zero Configuration with XP
			Windows Vista Wireless Network Setup
			Tracking Your Network’s Performance
		Chapter 8: Setting Up a Wireless Mac Network
			Understanding AirPort Hardware
			Using AirPort with OS X Macs
			Adding a Non-Apple Computer to Your AirPort Network
			Connecting to Non-Apple-based Wireless Networks
		Chapter 9: Securing Your Wireless Home Network
			Assessing the Risks
			Getting into Encryption and Authentication
			Clamping Down on Your Wireless Home Network’s Security
			Taking the Easy Road
			Going for the Ultimate in Security
	Part IV: Using a Wireless Network
		Chapter 10: Putting Your Wireless Home Network to Work
			A Networking Review
			Will You Be My Neighbor?
			Sharing — I Can Do That!
			Be Economical: Share Those Peripherals
			Windows Vista and a New Way to Share
			Sharing between Macs and Windows-based PCs
		Chapter 11: Gaming Over a Wireless Home Network
			PC Gaming Hardware Requirements
			Networking Requirements for PC Gaming
			Getting Your Gaming Console on Your Wireless Home Network
			Dealing with Router Configurations
			Setting Up a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
		Chapter 12: Networking Your Entertainment Center
			Wirelessly Enabling Your Home Entertainment System
			Getting Media from Computers to A/V Equipment
			Choosing Networked Entertainment Gear
			Putting a Networked PC in Your Home Theater
			Internet Content for Your Media Adapters, Players, and HTPCs
		Chapter 13: Using Your Wireless Network for Phone Calls
			Understanding VoIP
			Going Wireless with Your VoIP Service
			Understanding FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence)
		Chapter 14: Other Cool Things You Can Network
			Making a Connection to Your Car
			“Look, Ma, I’m on TV” — Video Monitoring over Wireless LANs
			Controlling Your Home over Your Wireless LAN
			Sit, Ubu, Sit . . . er, Speak!
			Wirelessly Connect Your Digital Cameras
		Chapter 15: Using a Bluetooth Network
			Discovering Bluetooth Basics
			Bluetooth Mobile Phones
			Bluetooth Smartphones and PDAs
			Other Bluetooth Devices
			Understanding Pairing and Discovery
		Chapter 16: Going Wireless Away from Home
			Discovering Public Hot Spots
			Using T-Mobile Hot Spots
			Using Wayport Hot Spots
			Using Boingo Hot Spots
			Tools for Finding Hot Spots
			Staying Secure in a Hot Spot Environment
			Dealing with Hot Spots on Mobile Devices
			On the Go with EV-DO!
	Part V: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 17: Ten FAQs about Wireless Home Networks
		Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Troubleshoot Wireless LAN Performance
			Move the Access Point
			Move the Antenna
			Change Channels
			Check for Dual-Band Interference
			Check for New Obstacles
			Install Another Antenna
			Use a Signal Booster
			Add an Access Point
			Add a Repeater or Bridge
			Check Your Cordless Phone Frequencies
		Chapter 19: More Than Ten Devices to Connect to Your Wireless Network in the Future
			Your Bathtub
			Your Car
			Your Home Appliances
			Your Entertainment Systems
			Your Musical Instruments
			Your Pets
			Your Robots
			Your Apparel
			Everything in Your Home
		Chapter 20: Top Ten Sources for More Information,,, and more
			Wi-Fi Planet, WiFi-Forum, and More
			PC Magazine and PC World
			Electronic House Magazine
			Practically Networked
			ExtremeTech. com
			Network World
			Other Cool Sites
Document Text Contents
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by Danny Briere, Pat Hurley, and Edward Ferris

Wireless Home




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Will You Be My Neighbor?
“Hello! I’m here!” When a computer attached to a network is turned on, it
broadcasts its name to every other device on the network and asks every
device to broadcast as well. If that computer is sharing something, such as a
folder or a printer, the other devices can see it. By asking the other devices to
broadcast, it can then see all of them. This process is repeated (on average)
every 15 minutes in most networks with Windows computers attached to

The “Hello, I’m here” process is a great way to add devices to a network.
Unfortunately, it’s not too great at detecting whether a device falls off or is
disconnected from that network. If a machine or shared device seems to be
visible on your network but doesn’t respond when you try to access it, the
problem may not be on your computer. Devices that get disconnected from
your network don’t immediately appear to be disconnected on some of your
other computers. They usually get removed from the list of available net-
worked computers only if they fail to answer the every-15-minutes “Hello”
calls from the other machines.

The My Network Places icon is your ticket to the network and seeing what
shared resources are available, such as a printer. (The risk versus reward of
sharing these types of items just makes sense. The chances of a bad guy get-
ting into your printer and printing documents are rather low — there’s not
much reward for doing that.)

You can see what’s shared on your network by checking out your PC’s My
Network Places. Double-click the My Network Places icon (also usually found
on your desktop) to see options such as Entire Network and Computers Near
Me. Microsoft consolidated the devices in the same workgroup or domain to
the Computers Near Me folder. The Entire Network folder still shows all avail-
able devices on your physical network. The root of the My Network Places
folder is reserved for shortcuts to network resources that you tend to use

My Network Places (see Figure 10-1) serves a similar (but enhanced) pur-
pose. My Network Places gives you access to your entire network resources
and also enables you to add shortcuts to your favorite places. To check out
everything on your home network, click the Entire Network icon. This action
shows you your workgroup.

Regardless of the operating system, devices that are set up to share are
always represented by small computer icons. If you double-click one of these
icons, you can see any shared printers, folders, or other devices represented
by appropriate icons. Sometimes you have to drill down (continue to double-
click icons) a little to find all the shared items on your network.

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In general, you see two types of devices on your network:

� Stand-alone network devices: These are computers, storage devices,
gaming devices, and so on that have a network port and are on the net-
work in their own right.

� Attached devices: These are peripherals, drives, or other devices that
are on the network because they’re attached to something else, such as
a PC.

Just double-click your workgroup to see all your home computers and other
networked devices. Click any to see what you can share within them.

All this mouse clicking can be a pain. Save your wrist and create a shortcut
to your shared resources by right-clicking the item and choosing Create
Shortcut — creating shortcuts works the same in Vista as in XP. Shortcuts are
especially handy for people who have networked devices that they visit often
on the Internet, such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sites.

If you find a computer that you expect to be on the network but it’s not, make
sure that its workgroup name is the same as the other machines — this is a
common mistake. (See the earlier section “Setting up a workgroup in
Windows XP.”)

We find using Windows Explorer to be the best way to visualize what’s on your
computer and your network. You can get to Windows Explorer in Windows XP
in two ways. Either right-click the Start button and choose Explore, or choose
Start➪Programs➪Windows Explorer. Figure 10-2 shows Windows Explorer
looking at available network resources.

Networked computers

Figure 10-1:


2000 or
Windows XP

in My


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