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honestpuck writes "It might seem a little strange to associate Cisco Press with a book for newcomers to home networking but Cisco are now the proud owners of Linksys and have a large place in this market. Therefore a book like this may not seem so out of place." Read on for the rest of honestpuck's review.
Home Networking Simplified
author Jim Doherty, Neil Anderson
pages 416
publisher Cisco Press
rating 7
reviewer Tony Williams
ISBN 1587201364
summary Good book for an absolute beginner

When reviewing this book, the first argument you might have with the authors is exactly where to start. The authors have decided to start earlier than I feel necessary, with hooking your computer up with a dial-up ISP, something most ISPs already provide with more specific detail than can be given in this volume. There are strong arguments for having it all in one place, though, and I have to allow for that in this review.

That said, there are some simplifications and throwaway lines toward the book's beginning that I did feel were unnecessary. A good example is the discussion of bits, bytes, megabytes and gigabytes. Having defined a kilobyte as 1024 bytes, the authors then define a megabyte as 1000 kilobytes. They also claim not to understand why it is 1024 rather than 1000. Either our authors are lying, attempting a poor joke, or they are betraying an unforgivable ignorance of the binary number system. In any case it is a poor choice of throwaway line.

Once over that, there is a lot to like about this book. While it is entirely Windows-centered, so middle of the road it might well be the white line, and reliant on such routine applications as Outlook Express for its examples, it is incredibly detailed on not just what to do but why you do it.

It also has a huge number of screenshots, mainly showing the various dialog boxes and the options you need to set. Given the overabundance of dialogs in most Windows wizards, the screenshot barrage is probably overkill for many readers. Taken together with the highly approachable language and writing style, though, this makes for a book that is perfect for the absolute beginner to networking.

The drawback of the routine, middle-of-the-road approach is that the average person will quickly outgrow this book. Once you decide to use Firefox instead of Explorer and Eudora instead of Outlook, or perhaps integrate a Linux box or Mac into your home network, then this book is much less helpful.

Within its own limits though, it does cover all the bases in home networking, from connecting via dial-up or through broadband connections to building a wireless home network with shared files and printers. The authors do it in a slow, methodical manner with lots of screen shots and a great deal of explanation.

Part I covers the basics; terminology and connecting to the net. Part II covers a simple home network and file and printer sharing before finishing with broadband connections. Part III takes the network wireless. Part IV covers network security, before the final part covers more esoteric network issues such as IP telephony, media nets and gaming.

The book features frequent interjections from the computer help guys at Geek Squad. While most of these are simplistic, they often contain good advice for the uninitiated. This is a pretty good idea; it allows for some external expertise and works well quite a lot of the time, though some of the interjections came across as a little trite.

If you go to the book page at Cisco Press (which isn't, by the way, at the URL the authors give in the Introduction of the book) you can see a table of contents and an example chapter. The authors have also provided four appendices online; one devoted to binary and hexadecimal numbers, one on MAC address locking for wireless, a shameless plug for the Linksys product line, and a final one devoted to some fairly useless prognostication called "Future Stuff." All in all, I'm not sure they are a totally worthwhile addition to the book; the second on MAC address locking could have been easily added to the book if the editing had been a little tighter.

This is an almost perfect book on home networking for the person who has a Windows computer or two (and nothing else) and knows nothing. It pains me to admit that I have a number of friends who fall into this category and I would have no hesitation in lending them a copy of this book. Given the cost, I'm not sure I'd recommend this book to everyone, but I do feel that it is the perfect volume for the local library; borrowing it for two weeks while setting up the home net would be the ideal solution for people like my mate Tim, who (while a pediatric specialist) has trouble hooking up a router, or the neighbours downstairs who can't properly secure a wireless network.

I give this book a nine out of ten for its target audience, the absolute newcomer, but take off two points for the error in the URL given in the introduction and the middle-of-the-road outlook.


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  • by Scott Swezey (678347) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:05PM (#12894767) Homepage
    Instead of buying a book, trying to do your own network, buying the wrong crap that you don't need, and getting no where, pay someone from slashdot to do it. How much simpler can it get?
    • And pay again when something stops working. And again when they get a new computer that needs to be connected to the network. Oh, and then there's also the disadvantage of having to associate with the likes of us and to invite fat and sweaty geeks to do things for you. What will the neighbors say?
    • So what does the slashdot effect look like IRL?
    • Instead of buying a book, trying to do your own network, buying the wrong crap that you don't need, and getting no where, pay someone from slashdot to do it. How much simpler can it get?

      Well, since we're talking about 'Linksys', *this* simple; tell them not to bother buying or setting up a router, just slap a wireless card in their PC and connect to the nearest unprotected network named 'linksys' (the two are pretty much synonymous).

      Has the added bonus that they don't have to pay for Internet access (a
  • Linksys (Score:4, Insightful)

    by halltk1983 (855209) <halltk1983@yahoo.com> on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:05PM (#12894772) Homepage Journal
    Linksys make great routers, they run linux, you can flash them and use them for a variety of things. Likewise I also love Cisco products, very reliable, always great performance. To hear that they put out a book on home networking makes me want to go buy a copy to stick on my shelf, just to show a little support for their book, and to lend out to people who need a little help setting it up.
    • Re:Linksys (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Linksys routers are far from great. They frequently have major stability issues - try reading the lists at dlsreports.com. Random crashes are the norm, and certain features being completely broken is common. Expect a loooong time between updates as well, which is frustrating when your router keeps crashing.

      For what you pay they aren't bad, but overall I feel netgear to be more solid (they have issues too, but seemingly not as many).

      Try looking up the various linksys routers on dslreports.com - you'll s
      • ...try reading the lists at dlsreports.com...

        Is this [broadbandreports.com] what you meant? ;)

      • Linksys routers are far from great.

        As are most home routers althoug I have found the Linksys routers to be less of a problem then other brands. In fact some other brands are borderline useless. I could give specifics of at least 4 different brands from my own direct experience but the bottom line is many of them have odd quarks and frequent lockups during typical home use. I started years back with a homebrew Linux box doing NAT and rules. I changed gears and went to the home router applicance and tr
    • Cisco is the same company that tours different universities and convince EE majors that only hardware like theirs are optimized to do networking.

      There are plenty of software routing solution that can do that same thing as their overpriced routers. Their products might be good, but this is really not the crew of people I want to learn from.

      • If Cisco is able to convice EE majors of this, then I'd say the University has a whole lot more to be accountable for than Cisco, because theiur students are idiots.

        Also, you realize that you can route faster in hw than sw, right?
        • Re:Linksys (Score:4, Insightful)

          by superpulpsicle (533373) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @11:42PM (#12897346)
          Sounds like you already took the Cisco bait. A $25,000 hw router will not route any faster than $25,000 worth of PC software routing.

          Of course if you think $25,000 in hw routes faster than $100 software PC, then you are correct. Cisco don't want you to trust any software alternative, surprise!

          • Give them some credit. How would you do layer3 switching with routing protocols at wire speed in software[1]?

            It's not that you need Cisco for that. But you certainly need hardware for that.

            [1] Imagine 48 Gbps ports or something like that.
            • Well, if the choice is between a $25,000 integrated solution and $25,000 in software plus the cost of a PC with a wireless and an Ethernet card, I'd save money and avoid the support-time cross-vendor fingerpointing by buying the all-in-one box.
    • Re:Linksys (Score:1, Flamebait)

      by suitepotato (863945)
      Linksys make great routers, they run linux, you can flash them and use them for a variety of things. Likewise I also love Cisco products, very reliable, always great performance.

      The number one name that comes up when problems with customer owned equipment past my ISP's equipment occur, is the word Linksys. I've had people with $3000 T1 CSU/DSU/routers hook $199 Linksys pieces of **** to them and then wonder why it doesn't work and why we won't support their equipment.

      Similarly, in my time in broadband
      • So who makes good routers? You failed to mention that in your post. Perhaps because it's just a troll/flamebait?
        • So who makes good routers?

          I did. A government surplus machine ($20 for 400Mhz with 6GB HD, $20 for two ethernet cards) plus OpenBSD (I paid the $40, free if you want). From zero knowledge, ~1 hour setup, half of that tweaking some NAT rules that were blocking a particular VPN. Not a hiccup 6 months in. This [drones.com] was a huge help.

      • I use to spend about 75% of my co-location repair work fixing Cisco issues.
        Could the reason you spent 75% of your time fixing them be because 75% or more of routers are made by Cisco or Linksys? I have no idea what the numbers are, but off the top of my head I can't think of another company that makes large network routers 'n such.
      • I happen to have a contract with Bank of America and they use Cisco equip in ALL their branches and corp headquarters. The stuff runs 24/7 in hot rooms and has a 1% downtime. I don't know where or what kind of info you got, maybe it's hard looking at enterprise equip in mom's basement?
    • Re:Linksys (Score:3, Informative)

      by AaronW (33736)
      I can say that after having tried a new Netgear RT614 firewall router I wouldagree with you. At the advice of some friends when my old router died I bought one as a replacement... I should have paid more attention to the reviews. Most of the reviews I read reported at least one crash with this router. Anyway, I could not keep the router alive more than 30 minutes without it locking up.

      I quickly replaced it with a more expensive Linksys RV042 which runs Openrp Linux [openrp.com]. Though sadly nobody appears to have

    • Linksys sells the 802.11g wireless card in my laptop. They used the Broadcom chipset, and the lack of support from Broadcom to enable the driver writers is well-published.

      This is one big pain for me in going with Linux on my laptop. Yeah, I got NDIS wrapper to work, but it is painful and I never got the SSID and WEP stuff working right.

      I won't recommend Linksys until their Linux support improves. Period.

    • I disagree. Everything I've bought by Linksys has sucked ass. Every single goddamn router, whether it's a regular router, a wireless router, or a VOIP router have all been flaky, and they *all* need to be rebooted every week or so. I will not buy any Linksys products, either at home, or for my business. Instead, the last few I've bought have been generic, and they've worked *much* better than the Linksys.
      • Re:Linksys sucks (Score:3, Informative)

        by digitalchinky (650880)
        I'm gunna have to disagree, I use a small wrt54g http://dchky.info/ap-aa.jpg [dchky.info] that lives out on my balcony - it has fallen from the 10th floor, been bricked with firmware updates more times than I can remember, rained upon, dirtied up, and there it sits, working perfectly. Uptime 44 days (mostly because I updated dd-wrt)

        I live and work in the Philippines, it's not exactly cold out there either.
    • Cisco - Corporate Internet System Completely Obfuscated.

      Have you ever been forced to program one of their routers? Gack. They must make all their money selling the courses.

      I have Linksys and Netgear wireless links - Netgear wins. Less trouble to set up securely, and doesn't randomly forget what it was doing.
      • Re:Linksys (Score:3, Interesting)

        by lucifuge31337 (529072)
        Have you ever been forced to program one of their routers? Gack. They must make all their money selling the courses.

        As a WAN engineer who almost exclusively supports Cisco gear, 1.) I've never had to "program" one. I've only configured them. 2.) Never taken a Cisco course in my life, but I've managed to build several 50+ site partially meshed VPN networks with fully functional monitoring and security reporting, the largest of which is multinational and has been in production for over 4 years with minim
    • Linksys make great routers

      The quality of Linksys routers varies from product to product, as a lot of people that own a WAG54G (v1) will tell you:

      http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t =343331/ [whirlpool.net.au]

      they run linux

      Not all Linksys routers run linux.
    • "Linksys make great routers", so i've heard ...

      Except for the WAG54G (I would have post a link here, but their site seems to be broken atm ... how come? :) ah, here ya go anyway: http://www.linksys.com/international/product.asp?c oid=6&ipid=371 [linksys.com]

      In theory, it's a fine piece of hardware in one box ... It has an ADSL model, a firewall, a router, a couple of wired ethernet ports, and a nice little antenna for the wireless LAN part.

      Except that it doesn't work ... The wireless connection stays up for at
    • Someone mod parent down. My firend for some bent reason loves linksys stuff esp when i told him to buy other stuff. His PCI wireless NIC randomly drops and he can't port forward on his ADSL router...
      • Out of all of the Linksys hardware I've used..

        Every linux based WAP/Router combo, and my old Router/Switch combo, that I've owned has worked like a charm without fail 24/7 for years.

        Out of all of the linksys cards I've used, I've had one CardBus 802.11b card develop mental issues, and one PCI wireless-g card spaz out randomly. Given the failure rates of PC hardware (high), I'd say Linksys is no worse than anyone else.
  • RE: (Score:5, Funny)

    by rdilallo (682529) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:07PM (#12894798)
    Great... my mom will read this, set up a home network, and then I'll have to support it. Does the madness ever end?!
    • by shiller (893451)
      That's not funny! A few months ago, my mom called me at night just to ask me if she did the right thing than she ordered a wifi router. She had no clue about networks, but because a colleague of her, who bought a wifi router himself, persuade her that wifi is a must have.
  • Linksys (Score:4, Insightful)

    by debilo (612116) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:07PM (#12894806)
    It's nice to see they care about newcomers, but I'd rather they invested more time and effort in their wireless products. They were a nightmare to get to work, at least they were when I tried to integrate a few notebooks into an existing WLAN using Linksys wireless cards awhile ago. Has anyone else had problems with Linksys? Back then I vowed never to use Linksys products again, but maybe they have improved in the meantime. Can anyone comment?
    • I fully concur.

      Their wireless print servers won't work with "multi-function" printers of any kind. I had to get escalated up to a supervisor somewhere on the sub-continent to be informed of that delightful piece of info.

      And their wireless setup utility that comes with their wireless routers is a piece of crap that doens't even find their own AP's. The one that ships with D-Link WAPs is much better, except you have to be local admin for it to work on Windows.
      • Umm i hate to be a bother but I have a WUSB11 v2.8 and i am currently connecting to a Linksys router so i don't seem to have the problem you are having. (oh btw part of my job @ the CircleR is selling linksys most of the time it would be a service id =10T when the stuff comes back)
    • Yes, but my problem was with their broadband routers! The browser-based configuration interface used on the Linksys routers is poorly designed from a UI standpoint and it's poorly documented too. Setting up a wide-open network is a snap, but if you want to employ MAC address filtering and WEP encryption you have to search around and engage in a process of trial and error. I found myself consulting their crappy documentation repeatedly, to no avail.

      I thought I was the only dissenting voice among the wide pr
    • I've had problems with Linksys. And I've also had problems with D-Link, Netgear... all of them are horrible.

      I mean, honestly, I turn off "Broadcast the SSID" and the cards all of a sudden can't see the network. I turn on my 2.4Ghz wireless phone, and the computer crashes.

      Netgear ships with this Wirelss client program for Windows XP which doesn't work at all...
      • They honestly all are crap.

        Nowadays because the margins on networking hardware are so small, Netgear, D-Link, et al basically take a reference design and slap a different web interface on it. There's no differentiation in the actual software that controls the wireless portions. Updates to the software come when the chipset vendor releases updates to their customers. Then to top it off, the hardware is manufactured in Taiwan with the cheapest possible components. (I worked for a Taiwanese company making
    • I had a hell of a time setting up my linksys router(win & linux).But once I got it set up, it works well with both.Linux takes more time to get working. After dealing with that I swore that I wwould never buy Linksys again.Then I read that all the other companies were the same.If anyone knows of something better,tell us about it.
    • I agree, I've had nothing but problems with their cards. The routers are decent, the wireless cards blow.
    • My experiences:

      • PCI Cards: Lots of trouble, impossible to make work on older computers.
      • PCMCIA Cards: Pretty solid, only issue is that it occasionally stops working when coming back from standby.
      • Router/Access Point: No troubles here.

      []s Badaro

    • It's not just linksys, almost all wireless cards suck when it comes to documentation. I almost hate to admit it, but buying Wireless networks for dummies [amazon.com] was a big aid in getting my stuff set up properly.
  • "Buy Netgear." It's that simple. I've had more headaches with Linksys than I care to share. From faulty power connectors to lengthy manuals. Let's face it nobody bothers to RTFM!!! I want a 1 page picture.
    • "I've had more headaches with Linksys than I care to share. From faulty power connectors to lengthy manuals." Isn't that sharing your headaches/problems? Plus how is a lengthy manual a problem? Most manuals for routers and hubs are lenghty from what I have experienced. Maybe some people like the n00b networking material I guess.
    • I have set up 100's of networks. the only products i ahve had a problem with is Netgear.

      wierd how 2 people can have the exact opposite experience with products.
    • I want a 1 page picture.

      Or a cool quick-start poster! I remember the glory days when I had an MFC Class Hierarchy poster hung on my door, for the sheer "Who Uses These Posters, Anyway?" factor. :)
    • by AaronW (33736) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:41PM (#12895213) Homepage
      I would say just the opposite. My old Netgear FR314 gave up the ghost after years of mostly flawless use where the flash memory appears to have died. I went and tried to replace it with a new Netgear RT614, thinking that in the years since that it would probably be a lot better than my old firewall. Wrong. The new Netgear web interface would not render properly in Firefox for starters and it went downhill from there. For port forwarding, they only had a few games and HTTP in there and nothing else, and adding new entries did not work very well with Firefox.

      After finally getting it configured so I could forward ports for my mail server, web server, and SSH, the router would crash anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes, and not even reboot, but just hang. Now my old Netgear would sometimes crash, but it at least had a watchdog timer and would automatically reboot, and the crashes were not that frequent, maybe once a week. This new one would crash and require me to physically power cycle it. A good firewall should not crash. The UI was also dumbed down quite a bit more than my old firewall.

      After fighting it for a day I took it back to the store and replaced it with a Linksys RV042. While also being a much more expensive firewall (around $175) I found it to also be far better. Like my old Netgear, it appears to have been well built with a solid steel chasis. The new Netgear, while it looked cool, was just plastic. It has been rock solid without any hiccup since I set it up, and unlike the Netgear I could do true ACL rules, i.e. permit or deny based not just on protocol and port range, but also by IP addresses or subnets. I.e. I only want to allow SSH from a few IP addresses. I could also set logging on each ACL rule as well.

      Also, I found the logging to be fairly nice as well. It supports emailing logs to me as well as logging them to the syslog daemon on my server, though I miss being able to set the time the logs were emailed on my old Netgear.

      The Linksys also has IPSEC VPN support which my old Netgear also had. The new Netgear did not. While I have not yet used it, it could come in handy.

      I also tried a D-Link DS-601 firewall router about a year ago but decided not to use it since the logging was better on my old Netgear. At least it didn't crash though and I think it would be more than adequate for most home users.

      Now if only I could get to a bash shell on the Linksys since it is running the OpenRP [openrp.com] Linux distribution, though sadly, unlike the wireless router, nobody has bothered yet.

  • by Ignius_Danby (894609) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:14PM (#12894910)
    Anything with the word 'work' in it has to be something to be avoided at all costs. Sure make it sound like fun adding the word 'net' to anyone. Do we always have to learn something new all the time. Can't we blunder blindly through life. It's more fun.
  • Seriously, what's the big deal... Why can't I just buy a router, plug it in and have it autosetup everything I need? We've supposedly sent a man to the moon, but we can't figure something like this out? Granted I know very little about networking, but hey... Microsoft did it with windows! Oh.. wait bad example :P

    Another thing, why do they always leave their wireless access points WIDE OPEN for the world to take? They should put some sort of random initial password on the installation documents.

    • by pla (258480) on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:25PM (#12895049) Journal
      Seriously, what's the big deal...

      I wondered that myself...


      Why can't I just buy a router, plug it in and have it autosetup everything I need?

      For the most part, you can. Most Cable/DSL routers these days have a reasonably secure config as the default (admittedly with horribly insecure default passwords, but since they only let you admin them from the LAN side, not too much risk there). They auto-NAT you, act as a DHCP server, and provide about as effective of a firewall as the average person could ask for.

      On the computer side, assuming Joe Sixpack pretty much exclusively runs Windows - If XP detects a network card, it configures it, defaulting to DHCP. Thus, you literally can just buy a NIC, throw it in your PC, and hook it up to your shiney new Netgear/DLink/Linksys router, which in turn goes to your cablemodem, and poof, you have a home LAN.


      Now, will this satisfy most "real" geeks? Hell no! But except for SSH'ing directly into my masquerading gateway from the outside, it provides 99% of the functionality and security.
      • Now, will this satisfy most "real" geeks? Hell no! But except for SSH'ing directly into my masquerading gateway from the outside, it provides 99% of the functionality and security.

        The problem is that the "real geeks" in networking aren't Linux weenies. They're the equally horrid Cisco Clowns. Given to polo shirts and dockers with $300 leather loafers, prominently putting CCNA on their business cards at twice the font size of their name, turning into snobbish twits the instant they get their certificate.
    • why do they always leave their wireless access points WIDE OPEN for the world to take?

      They leave their APs wide open because they feel the same way you do about networking...

      Why can't I just buy a router, plug it in and have it autosetup everything I need?

      When they expect everything to be plug and play, and then they plug things in and they work, well... they stop. If the people out there could just realize that it isn't plug and play, then they would read the next chapter of the instructi

    • Well, the Apollo missions certainly weren't plug 'n' play...

      anyway, the reason that they make the access points wide open, is to provide the low amount of configuration that you are asking for. If they were to have it secure from the start, you would have to set up the encryption key with the wireless cards, making you go through more work (and manual reading.)

      You can't have your cake and eat it too.

  • ... and I could not resist picking it up. From what I saw / read, it seems to be a very good book for beginners - much better than the "Dummys" series. It has some well thought out text and explanations, as well as plenty of colorful diagrams to help the novice visualize the way networking works. I think I'll buy a copy for my father (who is a little more geeky than he is willing to admit ;)).
  • Troubleshooting (Score:2, Interesting)

    by COMON$ (806135)
    I am interested in seeing what kind of troubleshooting they cover in the book.

    For a wireless network you run into a lot of problems depending on if you are using 802.11b or 'g'. A section on testing what wireless networks you will be interfereing with by putting up a wireless hub would be nice. eg. wireless remotes, phones, other APs.

    Or if setting up a wired network, a good chapter on wiring etiquette.

  • Home Users (Score:2, Insightful)

    by pestilence669 (823950)
    I remember an MCSE's job I took over, once upon a time. He installed a server at the office without plugging it into the switch. He thought that you needed a server to do peer to peer networking. An MCSE should know better. A home user has no chance.

    To my point:

    You either get networking or you don't. My beer-drinking brother is still too amazed by the whole "wireless" thing to understand it. My mother will never understand what the word "network" means.

    Unless it plugs in and works by itself, it's too har
  • There's been a "Linksys Networks: The Official Guide" since 2000 or so. First written by Kathy Ivens and Larry Seltzer, with the most recent paperback earlier this year edited by Walter Glenn.
  • by The_Rippa (181699) * on Thursday June 23, 2005 @06:40PM (#12895200)
    1. Buy a 802.11b card
    2. Find a neighbor with an open wap
    3. Profit!

    Hey, whattya know, I solved the mystery of #2.
    • I am not too knowledgeable about all this slashdot troll stuff, but didn't you miss a step?

      1. Buy a 802.11b card
      2. Find a neighbor with an open wap
      3. ???
      4. Profit!

  • I got confused when they talked about 1024 vs 1000 for a kilobyte. I think I'll stick with the Networking for Dummies book for now.
  • While this is slightly off topic, is there a cheap consumer router that will route between private IP ranges? I have a linksys befsr11 that just refuses to route 192.168.x.x to 172.16.x.x
  • so middle of the road it might well be the white line

    Huh, where are you driving?!

    -b
    • Maybe in france, or an other european country. There a plain white line is the equivalent of the US double yellow.

      The lanes are separated by "dotted" lines. The side of the road has 'longer' dots. The distance between the dots is meaningful and and when your go to the driving school (trust me it's way more difficult and expensive to get a driving license in europe), they teach you how many dots you must have between you and the previous car depending on your speed.
      Try to do that in the US, sometimes I'm ev
    • In Britain, yellow lines only appear on the side of the road (to indicate parking restrictions - a double yellow line running down the side of the road means no parking). White lines mark the centre.
  • Step 1. Buy new Linksys router from best buy. Step 2. Attempt to get the piece of sh*t working for 2 weeks. Step 3. Throw the piece of sh*t linksys in the trash and buy some other piece of shit that has a 50/50 chance of working.
  • Go to store
    ask person who work at store for these things
    -Network cable
    -Router
    Buy things
    Go home
    call phone company
    ask for DSL
    get box from Phone company
    trash everything but small plastic box
    plug in small plastic box
    plug phone cord into small hole on small plastic box
    plug yellow cable into big hole on small plastic box

    take yellow wire
    plug yellow wire into big hole on small plastic box
    plug other end of yellow wire into router
    plug network cable (look like yellow cable) into computer (look like big hole on small
  • Cisco are now the proud owners of Linksys

    I used to be the owner of a linksys cable modem, and I find it disturbing that anyone takes pride in owning the corporation that manufactured that POS.

  • Easy (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Step 1, get a Mac.
    Step 2, get an airport express.
    Step 3, well there is no step 3.

    I'll never go back. Yes, there's no zealot like a convert.
  • The author of this post made one mistake many tech savvy people do. Those of us that work in the fields of information or computer technology, work with and around technology constantly. Being around technology all the time can create a false sense that some of what you know is "common knowledge." However, there is still a large portion of the masses who are computer illiterate. It sounds like Dohtery and Anderson aimed this book at complete "newbies." Thus, "simplicity" in this case is justified. While the
  • by TummyX (84871) on Friday June 24, 2005 @03:30AM (#12898247)
    Last time I was in the US, I could always get free internet access from any one of a list of "linksys" wifi networks. Awesome! Thanks for the free internet access linksys!
  • I'd be pretty ashamed, Linksys are hardly known for their quality produce, almost (but no quite) as bad as NetGear....
  • Types of matter (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by drxenos (573895)
    What actually delineate types of matter? What constitutes a new form? Is there a standard definition? If so does it allow for the weird ones like glass (which is a fluid, not a solid) and ketchup (which is that weird form in between solid and liquid, but I forget its name)?

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