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Broadband Internet Connections : A User's Guide to DSL and Cable - Roderick W. Smith

Broadband Internet Connections

A User's Guide to DSL and Cable

Paperback Published: 21st October 2001
ISBN: 9780201738278
Number Of Pages: 640

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If you are considering or already have a broadband Internet connection for your home or small business, this complete, accessible handbook tells you all you need to know. It provides a readable overview of available broad-band technologies, focusing on DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable, and shows how to access the latest, most innovative Internet applications, such as streaming audio and video, interactive games, videoconferencing, and high-speed downloads. You will also get a look at such up-and-coming technologies as fiber-optic, satellite, and wireless broadband. This book explains basic broadband configuration, demonstrating in detail how to configure your system to get the most out of it. You will also find extensive information on running a broadband server and sharing a broadband connection among several networked computers. Because broadband systems are constantly connected to the Internet, security issues are even more pressing than they are with a regular dial-up modem. Broadband Internet Connections provides a pragmatic guide to Internet security by addressing such important topics as assessing risk and methods, and tools for reducing risk. Specific topics covered include: Comparing advantages and drawbacks of DSL and cable Drivers, IP addresses, DHCP, and PPPoE for broadband The specifics of Windows, MacOS, and Linux configuration Using broadband connections for Internet telephony, games, videoconferencing, and more Performance tuning and troubleshooting broadband connections Obtaining a domain name Broadband management of e-mail, Web servers, and game servers Remote access with broadband: SSH, FTP, SMB/CIFS, NFS, Telnet, X servers, and VNC NAT and conventional routers for networked computers Establishing and maintaining Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) Firewalls, accounts, passwords, and other security tools and methods In addition to comprehensive and practical explanations, Broadband Internet Connections provides numerous tips, warnings, and notes to enhance your knowledge and skill and enable you to set up and utilize a successful broadband connection. 0201738279B10012001

Prefacep. xiii
Broadband Technologiesp. 1
What Can Broadband Do?p. 3
Broadband Definedp. 4
The Need for Speedp. 4
The Appeal of a Dedicated Always-up Connectionp. 8
Modest Serversp. 11
A Roadmap to the Internetp. 15
Summaryp. 20
Broadband over Telephone Linesp. 21
DSL Technology Fundamentalsp. 21
DSL Technology Variantsp. 26
The DSL Provider Food Chainp. 33
Advantages and Drawbacks of DSLp. 37
Summaryp. 44
Cable: Broadband over Coaxp. 45
Cable Technology Fundamentalsp. 46
Cable Technology Variantsp. 50
The Cable Provider Food Chainp. 53
Advantages and Drawbacks of Cablep. 55
Summaryp. 61
Unusual and Upcoming Technologiesp. 63
Broadband by Satellitep. 64
Wireless Local Broadbandp. 67
Fiber-Optic Broadbandp. 70
A Comparison of Alternative Broadband Technologiesp. 74
Summaryp. 76
Basic Broadband Configurationp. 79
Methods of Connection and Authenticationp. 81
Modem Interfacesp. 81
IP Address Assignment and Authenticationp. 87
Adding a Hardware Router to the Mixp. 94
Summaryp. 99
Configuring a Computer for Broadbandp. 101
Preparing for Installationp. 102
Installing Necessary Driversp. 102
Configuring Static IP Addressesp. 106
Configuring DHCPp. 113
Configuring PPPoEp. 115
Complications on Multi-NIC Systemsp. 121
Summaryp. 122
Using Your Connectionp. 123
Similarities to Telephone Dial-up Accessp. 123
Programs That Use High-Speed Accessp. 128
Performance Tuningp. 134
Summaryp. 143
Troubleshootingp. 145
Testing Your Configurationp. 145
Resolving Local Configuration Problemsp. 152
Physical Interference Problemsp. 157
Trouble Outside of Your Controlp. 164
Summaryp. 168
Running Broadband Serversp. 169
Obtaining a Domain Namep. 171
Understanding Internet Domain Namesp. 172
When to Obtain a Domain Namep. 175
Using Conventional Domain Name Registration Servicesp. 180
Using Dynamic DNS Servicesp. 186
Summaryp. 197
Running Mail Serversp. 199
Why Run a Mail Server?p. 200
Hostname Considerationsp. 204
Avoiding Spamp. 207
Common Mail Server Pitfallsp. 211
Providing Access to Mailp. 213
Mail Servers for Assorted OSsp. 215
Summaryp. 238
Running Web Serversp. 239
Why Run a Web Server?p. 239
Web Server Structure and Functionp. 244
Web Servers for Assorted OSsp. 250
Summaryp. 265
Running Game Serversp. 267
Why Run a Game Server?p. 268
Special Needs of Game Serversp. 272
Popular Game Serversp. 276
Summaryp. 283
Accessing Your System Remotelyp. 285
Why Run a Remote Access Server?p. 286
Accessing Files Remotelyp. 288
Tools for Remote Text-Based Accessp. 305
Running GUI Programs Remotelyp. 314
Summaryp. 329
Sharing Network Configurationsp. 331
Requirements for Sharing Broadbandp. 333
Methods of Broadband Sharingp. 334
Local Network Requirementsp. 339
Implementing Network Sharingp. 347
Summaryp. 352
Configuring a Simple Routerp. 353
Understanding Routingp. 353
Configuring a Windows Routerp. 359
Configuring a MacOS Routerp. 364
Configuring a Linux Routerp. 365
Setting Up a Hardware Routerp. 368
Summaryp. 375
Using NAT and IP Masqueradingp. 377
Understanding NAT and IP Masqueradingp. 378
NAT Tools in Windowsp. 387
NAT Tools in MacOSp. 393
NAT Tools in Linuxp. 399
Configuring a Hardware Router for NATp. 406
Summaryp. 412
Configuring a VPNp. 413
What Is a VPN?p. 413
Approaches to VPNp. 420
Configuring a PPTP VPNp. 424
Summaryp. 430
Broadband Security Issuesp. 433
An Assessment of Broadband Risksp. 435
How Do Crackers Find Victims?p. 436
Common Security Conceptions and Misconceptionsp. 441
Risks Posed by Serversp. 444
Risks Posed by Trojansp. 448
The Danger of Viruses and Wormsp. 450
Denial-of-Service Attacksp. 454
Risks to a Networkp. 455
Summaryp. 460
Basic Security Provisionsp. 461
Reducing Connect Timep. 461
Removing Unnecessary Serversp. 467
Attending to Accounts and Passwordsp. 478
Clearing Cracker Tools from Your Systemp. 480
Intrusion Detectionp. 482
Summaryp. 487
Firewall Optionsp. 489
What Is a Firewall?p. 489
Software Firewall Productsp. 497
Hardware Firewall Productsp. 507
Monitoring Firewall Logsp. 513
Summaryp. 517
Appendixesp. 519
Configuring Windows for Broadbandp. 521
Driver Informationp. 521
Using a Wizardp. 523
Static IP Address Configurationp. 524
DHCP Configurationp. 527
PPPoE Configurationp. 528
Summaryp. 531
Configuring MacOS for Broadbandp. 533
Driver Informationp. 533
Static IP Address Configurationp. 535
DHCP Configurationp. 541
PPPoE Configurationp. 542
Summaryp. 545
Configuring Linux for Broadbandp. 547
Driver Informationp. 548
Static IP Address Configurationp. 549
DHCP Configurationp. 556
PPPoE Configurationp. 558
Summaryp. 560
DSL Providersp. 561
DSL Hardware Manufacturersp. 561
DSL Service Providersp. 564
Cable Providersp. 571
Cable Hardware Manufacturersp. 572
Cable Companiesp. 575
Cable ISPsp. 576
Glossaryp. 581
Indexp. 595
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ISBN: 9780201738278
ISBN-10: 0201738279
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 21st October 2001
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 18.42  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.92