This chapter explains networks, how they can help you save money and reduce equipment clutter through sharing, what types of entertainment a home network can provide and how home networks can give you more time away from the office. (Reproduced from the book Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide by Brian Underahl, copyright 2004. Cisco Systems, Inc. Reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc., 800 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240.)
If you feel intimidated by the mere idea of trying to understand home networks, don’t worry. In this chapter, you’ll see that home networks are actually pretty simple to comprehend, are a useful addition to your home, and offer some interesting entertainment options for the whole family. By the end of this chapter, you will understand exactly why a network is something that you really do want for your home.
Big and Scary Networks: The Simplest Introduction You’ll Ever Read
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by technical jargon, and the subject of networks has certainly been one of the worst examples of this. It often seems as though the experts like to throw around a lot of complicated language for no better reason than to confuse the uninitiated. Maybe that makes the experts feel as though they know something that’s their little secret, but it’s not very helpful to people who simply want something that works. Phrases like “Wi-Fi infrastructure mode,” “stateful packet inspection,” and “upstream bandwidth” simply don’t belong in our vocabulary!
The truth is that a home network doesn’t really have to be difficult or complex. You don’t have to join some geek squad or spend hours learning a new language to successfully create a functioning home network. In fact, you’ll find that the project is fairly simple and pretty satisfying.
This chapter is from Home Networking: A Visual Do-It-Yourself Guide by Brian Underahl (2004, Cisco Systems, Inc. Reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc., 800 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240.). Check it out at your favorite bookstore today. Buy this book now.
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