The Bottom Line
- Detailed instructions for Windows-based setups
- Discusses system administration and ongoing upkeep
- No coverage of Windows XP networking
- Very limited coverage of wireless home networking
- Limited coverage of non-Windows-based networks
- Part 1 talks about hardware and alternative approaches to home networking.
- Part 2 covers software setup including connection sharing.
- Part 3 describes Windows Network Neighborhood, mapping drives, and installing network printers.
- Part 4 presents network maintenance topics such as viruses, email, downloads, and firewalls.
- Part 5 lists some fun things to do with a home network and how to keep the network safe for kids.
- Appendices contain additional information on network backups and a glossary.
Guide Review - "Home Networking for Dummies" by Kathy Ivens
Though consistent with the Dummies series, the lighthearted tone taken by this book doesn't work well with the subject matter. Real-world analogies like "some NICs don't take the bus" fail predictably. The list of "fun things to do" with a home network stands out as particularly uninteresting.