EXPLOREMY LIBRARY
Tech & Gaming
The Ultimate Network Handbook

The Ultimate Network Handbook

The Ultimate Network Handbook

Hooking your laptop up to the internet or using a smartphone to stream music to some Bluetooth speakers are common enough tasks, but at one time they would appear impossibly complex and bandwidth-hungry. What if you want more? What if you want to share files across computers of all kinds on your home network or create a backup system that prevents you from losing files? What if you want to really get your hands dirty and plunge into the guts of a media streamer or home server with a screwdriver and Terminal commands? It’s all in here. This guide takes you from setting up your home network and sharing files through a router to building an outbuilding to do your computer work in, taking in cloud storage, homebrew servers and network attached hard drive arrays along the way.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
One-off
Read More
BUY ISSUE
$13.38

in this issue

2 min.
welcome! …

Networking today has never been easier or more popular. The wireless routers given away by internet service providers offer various flavours of Wi-Fi and an array of Ethernet ports at the back. Hooking your laptop up to the internet or using a smartphone to stream music to some Bluetooth speakers are common enough tasks, but at one time they would appear impossibly complex and bandwidth-hungry. What if you want more? What if you want to share files across computers of all kinds on your home network or create a backup system that prevents you from losing files? What if you want to really get your hands dirty and plunge into the guts of a media streamer or home server with a screwdriver and Terminal commands? It’s all in here. This guide takes…

14 min.
a brief history of computer networking

These days we take the internet for granted. The vast majority of us are almost always online in one way or another, whether that’s through the data connection of our smartphone or tablet, the GPS in our car or wearable, or via the most long-serving bastion of our online life: the humble desktop computer. People in the developed world who remain ‘off the grid’ do so out of either social disadvantage or a simple belief in the timehonoured traditions of pre-modern eras. But the truth is that most millennials in the developed world have never known society to be anything other than highly interconnected. The networking technology underlying our current ‘Information Age’ is largely a result of the pioneering advances of a handful of visionaries who rose to prominence in the latter…

4 min.
set up your pc network

SKILL LEVEL Anyone can do it IT WILL TAKE 10 minutes YOU’ll NEED Windows 10 With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has taken (almost) everything we knew and loved about Windows 8 and given it a new lick of paint. And although it looks lovely on the outside, it could potentially confuse you if you’re used to the traditional control panels and networking options found in the earlier versions of Windows (especially seeing as these connection menus haven’t really changed since the dawn of Windows XP all the way back in 2001). In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to connect to a wireless or Ethernet-based network, figure out how strong your signal strength is and how your network is performing. We’ll also show you how to connect a Bluetooth device and access and change settings in…

2 min.
networking secrets revealed

Whether you’re streaming music from Spotify, listening to the radio, or watching movies on Netflix, you rely on having a speedy and stable connection to the internet. Most of the time we don’t even think about it – online content has become as easily accessible as that stored locally. Until, that is, things go wrong. Whether your ISP suffers an outage or, as BT customers experienced at the end of last year, DNS problems, or your own Wi-Fi network stumbles and fails, it’s a frustrating and, if you rely on it for work, potentially costly experience. The good news is that there’s a great deal you can do to improve the performance of your Wi-Fi network, and even mitigate the risk associated with a failure beyond your control, thanks to significant improvements…

2 min.
how does the internet get to me?

Mhen you access a website, your computer, phone or tablet sends the request in the form of a web address to a domain name server (DNS), which then translates the ‘http://xxxxxxx’ into an IP address and forwards it to the relevant server. The server then displays the page you’ve requested in your browser. Domain name servers are specified by your ISP during the set-up process, but you can bypass them and use any DNS you want, such as Google’s name servers or those operated by OpenDNS. In order for any of that to happen, however, data has to be transmitted between your device, your ISP, and the wider internet. The data sent between your router/modem and your ISP travels on either copper wire or optical cable or, more likely, both over the…

3 min.
how to choose a router

The first port of call for many computer users when choosing a wireless router is usually the one that came free from their ISP. So, if you sign up for Sky broadband, then you’ll be given a router from Sky. This makes tech support calls easier, since the engineer will know what hardware you have. And let’s be honest; it’s probably all you need. It might not support the latest 802.11ac wireless protocol, with its theoretical maximum throughput of 1300Mbps, or have beamforming technology, which focuses the signal from the router to your device, meaning you should always get the strongest possible signal, but it will probably do the job. In fact, we’d be tempted to say, that unless it stops working you should stick with it. There are valid reasons…