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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

Ways to Connect
You can connect your home computers in a variety of ways:

Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages, and in this article we'll discuss them in detail. But all of these methods (except physically carrying diskettes) require you to configure your computers to share printers, files and an Internet connection and to set up some level of security. This configuration process is common to any form of networking, so that's where we'll start. We'll discuss how to set up sharing with Windows 98 and Windows Millennium, since they are the most common versions of the Windows operating system used at home. The procedure is different if you're using another version of Windows, but the basic information is still useful. For those of you using Linux, UNIX or other operating systems, you may prefer to skip the networking basics and go straight to Building a Network.

Once we establish a basic understanding of the configuration process, we'll discuss phone-line networking, power-line networking, Ethernet networking and wireless networking in detail. By the time you finish this series, you'll be able to choose the network technology that suits your needs and configure the whole thing!

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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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