Absolute Beginner's Guide to Home Networking by Mark Edward Soper

By Mark Edward Soper

Eventually, there's a consultant to domestic networking that used to be written for precise rookies! absolutely the Beginner's advisor to domestic Networking is going some distance past conventional printer or net sharing and is geared that can assist you comprehend domestic community forms and ideas, set up, configure and interconnect quite a few forms of stressed out and instant networks. This easy-to-understand advisor may also help you in achieving the specified pursuits of leisure, details entry and residential safety regulate with home windows, MacOS and Linux-based platforms. quickly you are going to learn how to proportion and increase leisure or even combine company community with a house community to take advantage of telecommuting, work-from-home and distant schooling possibilities.

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If your computer doesn’t include an Ethernet adapter, you can add one for less than $50 in most cases. Ethernet network adapters communicate with each other through a centralized device known as a hub or a switch. Most network hardware—including broadband Internet access devices, home media players, and network-compatible video games—supports Ethernet. HomePNA HomePNA network adapters connect to your home telephone wiring, so you don’t need to run additional cables through your home. That feature makes HomePNA attractive, as does HomePNA’s capability of working without interfering with normal telephone use (you can plug your phone into the adapter; a separate cable runs from the adapter to the telephone jack in the wall).

USB connection signal light Broadband Internet Access Sharing Methods Sharing an Internet connection may be the number one reason to build a home network. It’s been possible for several years, but as long as the Internet connection was CHAPTER 2 BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE HOME NETWORK 27 being made with a slow dial-up modem that used the telephone line, it wasn’t all that useful to most users. Dial-up Internet access prevents you from making telephone calls while you use the Internet, and you need special software or updated modems to be able to take telephone calls while you’re online.

10 From left to right, a telephone cable, a CAT 5 network cable, and both ends of a standard USB cable. RJ-11 connector on telephone cable RJ-45 connector on CAT5 cable Type B (device) connector on USB cable Although hubs and switches look similar (both have multiple RJ-45 ports on one side of the unit and signal lights on the front or top), they work in different ways. A hub broadcasts all the data it receives to all the computers plugged into it; a switch sets up a direct connection between transmitter and receiver, making for a faster connection.

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