Computers in business environments become exponentially helpful and critical for daily operations when they are linked together in local area networks (LANs) that enable co-workers to share files, Internet access and valuable resources like printers and plotters. Building a network of IBM-compatible PCs requires careful strategic planning, and Networking for Dummies
, Fourth Edition, will help you sort out the technical details as painlessly as possible.
This book helps you figure out whether you need a LAN at all--the author isn't shy about recommending simpler solutions such as printer switches--and then helps you get everything hooked up. Mainly, Lowe describes LANs in an accurate and comprehensive, though somewhat generic, way.
Once it has been determined that you need a network operating system, Lowe describes the characteristics of several good ones (including NetWare 4.2, NetWare 5, Windows NT 4, and LANtastic). He also explains network architectures, cabling systems and security issues. New to this edition is information on transforming your LAN into an intranet by adapting internal protocols to Internet standards. There is lots of solid information on troubleshooting and optimising performance too.
Much of the valuable information in Networking for Dummies comes in the form of scenarios. Lowe uses short situations and explains, specifically, what networking hardware and software will be required or beneficial. Find a story that matches your situation and you'll be in business. --David Wall
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From the Back Cover
Need to build a network or use one? No idea where to start? Start here! So you want to use a network — or worse, someone wants you to set up one. Here′s just what you need to know in a language you can understand, even if you don′t own a pocket protector. Find out what a network is, how to take advantage of what it offers, what you need to build and manage one, and how to keep your network (and the stuff on it) safe. Just the facts — for users only, here′s the scoop on networks, how to use one, and how it makes life easier Getting started — find out how to plan a network and what hardware and software you need to set one up More techie stuff — what network builders need to know about TCP/IP, DHCP, and DNS I′ll be your server — learn about setting up a server, configuring Windows clients, and going wireless Hooking up — connect your network to the Internet and set up a firewall Going mobile — explore the unique factors that affect network access via iPhones, BlackBerry devices, and other smartphones Network management — learn to keep your network secure and your users happy Those other guys — discover how to network Macs and PCs or set up a Linux network Open the book and find: How to share files, printers, and databases An overview of network parts Network troubleshooting tips What a network administrator has to do Security advice for mobile devices on your network How to set up an e–mail server Advice for a backup plan Basic network maintenance tips