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REVIEW: "Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide", Brian Underdahl

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKHNVDYG.RVW 20051130 Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide , Brian Underdahl, 2005, 1-58720-127-5, U$24.95/C$35.95 %A Brian Underdahl %C 800
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      BKHNVDYG.RVW 20051130

      "Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide", Brian Underdahl,
      2005, 1-58720-127-5, U$24.95/C$35.95
      %A Brian Underdahl
      %C 800 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240
      %D 2005
      %G 1-58720-127-5
      %I Cisco Press
      %O U$24.95/C$35.95 feedback@... 800-382-3419
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1587201275/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1587201275/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience n- Tech 1 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 186 p.
      %T "Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide"

      The Introduction states that this book is for people who want to make
      good choices in terms of quickly setting up a home network, and that
      this is the only such text that you will need.

      Part one introduces networking itself. Chapter one says that
      computers can talk to each other and share files and printers. (And
      also get at radio stations around the world on the Internet.) The
      material is not so much simple, as simplistic. Bits and pieces for
      home networks are described in chapter two, although the discussion of
      the relative advantages of wired and wireless networks completely
      ignores issues of security. (The chapter also concludes with a
      discussion of network client software that is neither detailed enough
      to help anyone with anything, nor important enough, in the current
      state of the technology, to be worth mentioning.)

      Part two addresses starting your network. Chapter three outlines some
      of the products (all Cisco, for some strange reason) that you will
      need to get connected, as well as throwing around some protocol and
      standards references that home users will not need. Chapter four
      provides more of the same. Installation, in chapter five, assumes
      plug and play (although there is some graphical advice on putting a
      network card into an older computer). Chapter six reprints
      screenshots of the Microsoft Windows Network installation wizard.

      Part three discusses enhancements. Chapter seven addresses firewall
      and security issues that are far more advanced than the previous
      material. Windows file and printer sharing dialogue boxes are
      displayed in chapter eight. Chapter nine is a grab bag of media
      options, having little to do with networking.

      There is very little useful information for home users provided in
      this book. The content is mostly too limited, although sometimes it
      jumps into "look how much I know" mode: both are equally unhelpful.
      There is some material here that will walk a home user through a
      standard and trouble-free installation, but it could have been
      condensed into a pamphlet.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005 BKHNVDYG.RVW 20051130

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