BackgroundComputer networks have existed for more than thirty years, but only relatively recently have they become popular in homes. In 1999, only a few hundred thousand households in the United States possessed a home network, although many more "expressed interest" in having one.
Today, many millions of households in the U.S. and worldwide have adopted home computer networking. Millions more have yet to build their first home network. Even those who've previously taken the plunge are now beginning to revamp their networks for wireless - the current wave of useful technology for home networking.
Depending on your present goals and past experience, varying types of information may be relevant to your situation. Use the outline below as a comprehensive guide to your personal research.
Do I Really Need a Home Computer Network?Some of you likely share files between your computers using floppy disks or USB keys. A home network allows you to share these files much faster and more conveniently by utilizing the available connections between computers. Home networks allow sharing of other things, too, like a printer and an Internet connection. Finally, home networks create the possibility to use new applications like multi-player online games.
Home Networking Outline -
1. Benefits of Home Networking
2. Planning a New Home Network
A. Home Networking Diagrams
B. Wired vs Wireless Home Networks
C. What Hardware Is Required to Build a Wireless Home Network?
3. Building the Home Network
A. Connecting Two Computers for File Sharing
B. Network Router Setup Guide
C. How to Build a Wireless Home Network Tutorial
D. 10 Most Common Home Networking Problems to Avoid
4. Setting Up Home Internet Access
5. Expanding / Improving Your Home Network
A. Tips for Improving a Wireless Home Network
B. Networking Consumer Electronics
C. Internet Remote Access Software
6. Troubleshooting Home Networks
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