Peer-to-Peer LANs: Networking Two to Ten PCs
COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Peer-to-Peer LANs: Networking Two to Ten PCs;
Thomas W. Madron; John Wiley & Sons; ISBN:
0-471-59091-6; 304 pages, US$26.95. CAN$36.50
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "The author issues warnings
where necessary, and recommendations where proper.
A well worthwhile purchase"
A Common-Sense Approach To A Home Network
We're all familiar with the presence of LANs
[Local Area Networks]. Business offices, newspapers,
libraries, and medical clinics use them to hook up work
stations to a central computer to lower costs and increase
efficiency. What most of us don't realize is that a
Peer-to-Peer LAN can be a simple and economical
method for a small business or even for family
members to utilize that sophisticated hardware/software
in the den without leaving their private areas of the house.
At a time when the computer industry is adopting some
of the less attractive traits of the auto industry like
overselling and calculated misrepresentation, what
a pleasant surprise it is to find an expert using a
modest, common-sense approach to provide a
working understanding of the subject of networks.
Thomas W. Madron is the well-respected author
of three other authoritative works on networking
all published by John Wiley & Sons. This book,
about the simplest form of computer network,
is written for people who don't claim to be expert,
just keenly interested with a need to make their
computer investment cost-effective at the office,
and at home.
In straight from the shoulder fashion the author explains
how even that old XT/AT, or 286 can be used as a client
[the one in the bedroom] and lighten some of the load
on the server [the one in the den] by looking after
some of its jobs like running the printer, or as a fax,
all the while utilizing the servers programs.
The author assesses the three most common Network
Operating Systems [NOS]; LANtastic, NetWare Lite,
and Windows for Work-groups, and provides a step
through installation guide for using either telephone wire,
or RG58 [it's the type of round wire that connects a wall
cable outlet to the back of a TV].
What is particularly helpful are the simplified diagrams
and the cautionary advice given in easy-to-understand
language. He issues warnings where necessary, and
recommendations where proper. The Appendixes
and Glossary support what is probably the best text
on the subject available for people like you and me.
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