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Home Networking Simplified: An Illustrated Home Networking Handbook for the Everyday User by Neil Anderson, Jim Doherty

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Chapter 5. Creating a Basic Home Network

In Chapter 3, “Connecting to the Internet,” we got our toes wet by connecting one computer to the Internet. This was pretty much the status quo a few years ago, but today most households have a need for at least a small network of computers.

In this chapter, we will walk you through some basic design principles and best practices, review some of the devices you will likely be using, and provide a step-by-step walk-through on setting up a basic home network.

Planning a Network

When we first networked our homes several years ago, our spouses and kids thought we were pretty geeky. They wondered why we couldn’t connect a single computer to the nearest phone line and leave it at that. Today, they call us at work ...

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