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Picture Yourself Networking Your Home or Small Office: Step-by-Step Instruction for Designing, Installing, and Managing a Wired or Wireless Computer Network

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"Picture Yourself Networking Your Home or Small Office" uses photos and diagrams, complemented by extensive and easy-to-follow text, to help any reader network his or her home or small office using wired or wireless technology. With the full-color, visual, tutorial style of the Picture Yourself series, you'll learn how to select and set up Internet connections, servers and workstations, firewall security, and protective software to minimize risks from malicious code. In addition, you'll discover how networking technology can be used to automate your home, boost security of the physical premises, talk to others via IP phone connections, provide entertainment, and more. Each step of the process is covered, including selecting equipment, parts, and tools; wiring and installing the network; and installing and setting up required software.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. What You’ll Find in This Book
    2. Who This Book Is For
    3. How This Book Is Organized
  5. 1. Assembling Your Network Installation Tool Cache
    1. Basic Tools
    2. Power Tools
    3. Task Lighting
    4. Specialized Tool Kits
      1. Telephone-Wiring Tools
      2. Network-Wiring Tools
      3. TV Cable Wiring Tools
      4. Electrical Repair Tools
    5. Testing, Troubleshooting, and Repair Tools
      1. Helpful Holding Tools
    6. Personal Safety Equipment
  6. 2. Network Design Fundamentals
    1. Understanding Networking Roles and Responsibilities
      1. Network Designer
      2. Installer
      3. End User
      4. Network Administrator
      5. Troubleshooter
    2. Defining Quality
      1. Quality by Design, Not by Default
      2. Functionality
      3. Size
      4. Reach
      5. Speed
      6. Extensibility
      7. Ease of Use
      8. Reliability
      9. Ease of Administration and Maintenance
      10. Security
      11. Availability of Documentation
      12. Orderliness
      13. Load Balance
    3. Identifying Necessary Networking Components and Determining the Network Infrastructure
    4. Network Installation Milestones
  7. 3. Selecting Your Host Servers
    1. Server-Selection Criteria
      1. Software Requirements
      2. Operating System
      3. CPU
      4. Expansion/Upgrade Criteria
      5. Drive Types, Space, and Speeds
      6. Physical Characteristics
      7. Brand
    2. Other Considerations
      1. Expected/Required Service Life
      2. Reliability Issues
      3. Warranty and Extended Warranty Options
      4. Service and Support Contracts
      5. Price
  8. 4. Selecting Peripheral Equipment
    1. Common Network Peripherals
    2. Categorizing Peripheral Equipment by End-User Community
      1. Equipment Needed by Individuals
      2. Functional Equipment for Groups
        1. Work Groups
        2. Proximity Groups
      3. Equipment That Serves Everyone
      4. Mapping End Users’ Needs, Equipment, and Locations
    3. How Equipment Is Shared
      1. Network Operating System (NOS) Dependent
      2. NOS Independent
      3. Workstation Dependent
    4. Connection Considerations
      1. Ethernet
      2. Input/Output (I/O)
        1. Parallel Ports
        2. Serial Ports
        3. SCSI
        4. IEEE 1394/FireWire
        5. USB
        6. Wi-Fi
        7. Bluetooth
    5. Adding Audio and Video Features to Your Network
      1. Audio
      2. Video
  9. 5. Automating Your Home Network
    1. Home Network Functionality Levels
    2. Setting Up a Home Automation System
      1. System Requirements
      2. Installing HAL
      3. Setting Up HAL
    3. Tutorial: Setting Up Automated Controls for a Porch Light
    4. Top Ten Home Network Software Recommendations
    5. Determining Home Network System Requirements
      1. Assessing Your Needs
      2. Calculating Hardware Requirements
  10. 6. Network Operating Systems
    1. Exploring NOS Functionality
    2. Using Microsoft Vista as a Basic NOS
    3. Choosing a Small-Business NOS
      1. Novell (http://www.novell.com)
      2. Red Hat (http://www.redhat.com)
      3. Sun (http://www.sun.com)
      4. Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com)
  11. 7. Network Installation Planning and Wiring
    1. Selecting Locations for Network Equipment
      1. General Criteria
        1. Sufficient Electric Power
        2. Properly Grounded Power Outlets
        3. Environmental Requirements
      2. Criteria for Locating Servers
        1. Proximity to Wire and Cable Chases
        2. Centralized Location
      3. Criteria for Locating Workstations
      4. Criteria for Locating Routers
      5. Criteria for Locating Web Cameras
      6. Criteria for Locating Printers
      7. Criteria for Locating Wireless Access Points
    2. Installation of Network Wiring
      1. Mounting Wall Boxes
      2. Running the Cables
      3. Making the Connections
      4. Building Patch Cords
      5. Adding Surge Protection
    3. Testing the Network Wiring
  12. 8. Connecting Your Home Network to the Internet
    1. Know the Lingo: Internet Technical Terms
      1. TCP/IP
      2. IP Address
      3. DHCP
      4. MAC Address
      5. NAT
      6. Private Networks
      7. Subnet Mask
      8. DNS
      9. Seven-Layer OSI Network Model
    2. Assessing Internet Service Plans
      1. Important Plan Features
        1. Price
        2. Speed
        3. Static or Dynamic IP Address
        4. Equipment Provided
        5. 24/7 Customer Service and Support
      2. Less-Important Plan Features
      3. A Benchmark Plan
    3. Making the Connection
      1. Connecting with Dial-Up
        1. Connecting with a Built-In Dial-Up Modem
        2. Using a USB-Connected Dial-Up Modem
        3. Sharing a Dial-Up Connection with Others on Your Network
      2. Connecting with DSL
      3. Connecting with Cable
      4. Connecting with Wireless (Wi-Fi)
  13. 9. Managing Your Network
    1. Overview of Network-Management Tasks
    2. Hardware Management and Maintenance
      1. Cleaning
      2. Performing Inspections
      3. Upgrading Firmware
      4. Upgrading Hardware
      5. Repairing Hardware
      6. Running Diagnostics
    3. Administration
      1. Maintaining System-Wide Documentation
      2. Administering and Supporting End Users
        1. Vetting New Users
        2. Adding, Deleting, or Changing End-User Accounts
        3. Creating and Administering Groups
        4. Providing Technical Support
        5. Adding Workstations and Peripheral Devices
  14. 10. Network Security Concepts
    1. Security Sectors or Zones
      1. Logical Security Zones
      2. Data Security Zones
      3. Physical Access Zones
    2. Data Classification
      1. Open Data
      2. Protected Data
      3. Restricted Data
    3. Protecting Personal Privacy
    4. Security Policy Domains
    5. Baseline Security Measures
  15. 11. Networking Without the Wires
    1. Extending Networks with Wi-Fi
    2. Installing a Wireless Adapter
    3. Connecting to a WAP
    4. Setting Up a WAP
    5. Managing a Wireless Network
    6. Wireless Connection Metrics
  16. 12. Managing Your Firewall
    1. Types of Threats
    2. Understanding Firewalls
      1. Filtering Inbound or Outbound Traffic
      2. Filtering by Port Number
      3. Filtering by Traffic Type
      4. Filtering by Program, Application, or Service
    3. Implementing and Administering Your Firewall
      1. Using the Windows Vista Home Edition Firewall
      2. Using the Norton 360 Firewall
      3. Using the 2Wire Gateway Firewall
  17. 13. Security Software
    1. Determining Security Software Needs
      1. Identifying Inherent Risks
      2. Threat Vectors
      3. Risk Avoidance
      4. Defensive Measures
    2. Deploying Desktop Security Software
      1. Removing Old Security Applications
      2. Loading the New Security Application
  18. 14. Installing and Maintaining Network Software
    1. The Software Maintenance Cycle
    2. Loading New Software
      1. Computer System Requirements
      2. Installing the Software
      3. Loading Updates, Service Packs, and Patches
    3. Scheduling Updates
      1. Updating Your Windows Vista Software
      2. Updating Your Security Software
      3. Updating Other Software
    4. Activating New Software
    5. Performing First-Run Diagnostics
    6. Backing Up and Restoring Your System
      1. Setting Up Automatic Backups
      2. Restoring Your Files and Computer
  19. 15. Staying Connected with Mobile Wireless
    1. Obtaining Wireless Internet Access
    2. Loading the Drivers and Installing the Phone Software
    3. Authenticating and Registering the Software
    4. Using the Device to Connect to the Internet
  20. A. Mobile Communication Service Providers
    1. Major U.S. Cellular Service Providers
    2. Satellite Service Providers
  21. B. Free or Cheap Home or Small-Office Network Software Downloads
  22. C. Your Window to the World: The World Wide Web
    1. Leveraging Your Connection to the Web
    2. Popular Uses of the Web
      1. Finding or Publishing Information
      2. Communicating
        1. E-mail
        2. Instant Messaging (IM)
        3. Video Conferencing
        4. Blogging
      3. Enjoying Entertainment and Media
        1. Interactive Gaming
        2. Music
        3. Video
        4. News
        5. Internet Radio
        6. Internet TV
      4. Engaging in Commerce
        1. Banking
        2. Advertising
        3. Retail Sales and Marketing
        4. Auctions
      5. Downloading Software
      6. Surveillance