Networking For Dummies 8th Edition

Networking For Dummies 8th Edition reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe

Recently, I was chatting to my friend the Doctor (of computer science) and happened to mention that I’d just read Networking for Dummies. His response? “If you’ve read Networking For Dummies, you know more about networking than me,” which can only mean one of two things, either this book is excellent, or educational standards in this country have sunk even lower than I thought. If you want to find out which, read on.

Starting with the most basic of basics—“A network is nothing more than two or more computers connected by a cable (or wireless adapter) so that they can share information,” this book quickly and simply teaches you everything you could possibly want or need to know about creating a computer network.
After discussing why you might want to setup a network (e.g. sharing files, disks, programs and printers), it teaches you how to plan, build, optimise, secure and troubleshoot one. Along the way you’ll learn the difference between routers, hubs and switches, the merits of the different types of cables that connect them and how to dispense with most of these cables and do it wirelessly instead. Read all 412 pages and you’ll even get to understand more complex areas such as TCP/IP, how to run a mail server and how to create an intranet.

Freshly updated to include coverage of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 R2, VoIP and with dedicated chapters on Linux and Mac networking, this book is as comprehensive as it is easy to understand, making it excellent value for money. So if you need to create a computer network, buy this book and in know time, you’ll know more about networking than some doctors I know.

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