Absolute Beginners Guide to Home Networking

It is no secret that computer networks are now an integral part of business in America, but how are they relevant to your home-life? The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Networking, by Mark Edward Soper, can help you not only answer this question, but breaks down—step by step—how a home network functions and illustrates the advantages of having one.

Soper is conscientious that home networking can be an intimidating experience. He attempts to quell these fears by summarizing each chapter into a comprehensible abstract. Throughout the book, he uses tools—such as Commands, Notes, Tips and Cautions—to navigate you through some of the obstacles you might encounter. Furthermore, he provides a list of websites, which can be helpful resources for each scenario.

Soper suggests that you consider the first chapter, “What is a Home Network?” as “networking 101—a course any serious home networker should pass.” He explains the differences between business networks and home networks, discusses the equipment you might find in a home network, such as a Wi-Fi Network Adapter. Subsequent chapters offer charts, diagrams and pictures to help readers visualize the equipment, and guides readers through the process of establishing a home network. Why bother? Soper explains, “Home networking makes it easier than ever to take work home from the office; help kids with their homework; enjoy digital music, photos, and video; print and scan from any PC in the home; and even connect console video games on the online world.”

Mark Edward Soper teaches computer troubleshooting across the U.S. He is the author of several other guides, such as The Complete Idiot’s guide to High-Speed Internet Connections, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to A+ Certification, and PC Help Desk. His book, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Home Networking, is an ideal resource for anyone interested in establishing a home network.

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