Essential Guide to Home Networking Technologies, The

Author: Gerard O'Driscoll
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ISBN: 0130198463
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (15 January, 2000)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 139,773
Average Customer Rating: 3.2 out of 5

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Rating: 2 out of 5
Hardly ¿essential¿.
Great book if you're a manager and you want to understand every 3rd word of what your tech geek is saying.

Good book if you haven't the slightest idea what a network is. You'll still need a tech geek to set it up.

Terrible book if you're a tech geek. Doesn't give any information about configuring networks or troubleshooting. Plus the hardware is changing so rapidly that I'm not sure a technical guide in a book would be of any real use. Even the hardware companies refer you to their websites for current information.

A friend in the biz gave a copy to me. He probably thought it was a waste of space on his bookshelf...

If you're just starting out, visit PracticallyNetworked on the web. It's free and much more up to date.

Rating: 1 out of 5
It is not a technical book but a indexing material
I think this book has no technical depth for home networking and it contains only the indexing information about technologies in home network. It has no conceptual foundation or guideline to build home network, and only gathers white papers or brochures of each vendors. I am regreting the purchase of this book.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Packed with information, but no unifying framework
If you are looking for quick summaries of the various standards and technologies pertinent to home networking, this is a useful book. As mentioned by the other reviewers, it covers almost everything developed or under development. However, comparisons are scanty; the chapters give the impression of having been written independent of each other, even though certain areas might have merited shared treatment. For example, lists of pros and cons are given for network technologies like WiFi, HomeRF, HomePNA, etc without reference to corresponding areas of the others.

This would be an excellent book if more had been done to provide some kind of unifying framework.

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