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How Home Networking Works
by Jeff Tyson


 › Introduction to How Home Networking Works
Ways to Connect
Networking Basics
Networking Basics: File Sharing and Security
Networking Basics: Printers
Networking Basics: Internet
Networking Basics: Routers and Firewalls
Building a Network
What You Need for Ethernet
Other Types of Home Networks
Lots More Information

At the end of 2000, according to International Data Corp. (IDC), about half of all U.S. households had a computer, and more than 20 million of those had more than one computer. In fact, market research shows that current PC owners are buying most of the new computers. This means that multi-computer households are becoming pretty common.

If you are one these multiple-PC owners, you have probably thought about how great it would be if your computers could talk to each other. With your computers connected, you could:

  • Share a single printer between computers
  • Use a single Internet connection
  • Share files such as images, spreadsheets and documents
  • Play games that allow multiple users at different computers
  • Send the output of a device like a DVD player or Webcam to your other computer(s)
In this article, we'll look at all of the different methods you can use to create a home network. Be sure to read the companion articles about power-line networking, wireless networking and phone-line networking. This specialized information, including our own experiences with different networking solutions, can help you decide which method is right for your home.

 

1. Wireless G 54Mbps Cable/DSL Router
2. WGR614 Cable/DSL Wireless 54 Mbps Router
3. 54Mbps Wireless Router Airplus Xtreme G
4. US Robotics 802.11G 54MBS Turbo Router
5. MR814 802.11b Wireless CABLE/DSL Router w/ 4-Port Switch

 
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Table of Contents:
› Introduction to How Home Networking Works
Ways to Connect
Networking Basics
Networking Basics: File Sharing and Security
Networking Basics: Printers
Networking Basics: Internet
Networking Basics: Routers and Firewalls
Building a Network
What You Need for Ethernet
Other Types of Home Networks
Lots More Information


 
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