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Network Your Computers & Devices: Step by Step

Network Your Computers & Devices: Step by Step

If you’re looking for a great book to help you learn more about Windows home networking, there’s a new book on the market by our good friend Ciprian, and published by none other than Microsoft Press.

Note: our friend Ciprian has been a guest contributor here on How-To Geek in the past, and he’s not only a geek that knows what he’s talking about, he’s also one of the more honest and decent people I’ve worked with. In his spare time, he runs the 7 Tutorials web site.

The Book

One of the great things about this book is that you aren’t limited to just Windows networking—it also explains how to connect Windows 7, XP, Vista, Mac OS X, and even Linux on the same network and share folders and devices between them.

Everything in the book is written in a typical How-To Geek step-by-step format, with plenty of screenshots and pictures to help you through the process.

Book Outline

If you’re going to be spending some money on the book, you probably want to know what it’s all about, and since the Amazon page doesn’t give, well, much information at all, here’s the entire outline for you:

  • Setting Up a Router and Devices
  • Setting User Account on All Computers
  • Setting Up Your Libraries on All Windows 7 Computers
  • Creating the Network
  • Customizing Network Sharing Settings in Windows 7
  • Creating the Homegroup and Joining Windows 7 Computers
  • Sharing Libraries and Folders
  • Sharing and Working with Devices
  • Streaming Media Over the Network and the Internet
  • Sharing Between Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Computers
  • Sharing Between Mac OS X and Windows 7 Computers
  • Sharing Between Ubuntu Linux and Windows 7 Computers
  • Keeping the Network Secure
  • Setting Up Parental Controls
  • Troubleshooting Network and Internet Problems

It’s a great book, with loads of information, and compared to most tech books isn’t very expensive—only $19.79 for the paperback and $9.99 for the Kindle version. Well worth it, and hey, it’s an official Microsoft Press book—written by a How-To Geek guest author.

Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step [Amazon]

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  • Published 01/6/11

Comments (9)

  1. Ciprian

    Thank you very much How-To Geek for helping spread the word about it. A lot of work went in this book and I hope How-To Geek readers will enjoy it. Also, if anybody has any questions about it, don’t hesitate to ask.

  2. juba

    thank you very much ciprian
    i really need this book
    thanks again

  3. Matt

    What about the download version how much is that?

  4. Matt

    cause I almost bought this last week the DL version was like $25 bucks but here you got the paperback for $19. so the DL should be around $15 bucks. I would pay that but not no $25 for a PDF no way.

  5. James

    This looks like an excellent book and if How-to Geek recommends it, that is good enough for me to buy it

    One question:

    Is it possible to network an iPad with a Windows 7 pc and if so, is this process included in the book?


  6. Ciprian

    Everybody looking for discount codes, can find them here:

    You will receive a 40% discount on print and 50% discount on the digital version.

  7. Ciprian

    The process of networking your iPad with a Windows 7 PC is not covered in the book. iPad is not yet launched in my country so I could not cover it even if I wanted to. We covered interoperability between Windows 7 and all other operating systems: XP, Vista, Ubuntu, OS X.

  8. davidroper

    I bought the Kindle eboook for $9.95 for my iPad (Kindle app) only to find out that there is a coupon inside the paper book for a PDF download free, So for $19.95 you get a paper book and a PDF download. Do this instead. I would have.

  9. marte lege

    I am trying to get info on how to uninstall network from PC.I tried to set it up & it messed up my I have trouble getting to windows. I get message to uninstall network but can`t get instructions. I tried to remember what I had done so I could delete but nothing is helping HELP!!!!!!!

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