Using an USB Network Adapter to Connect to Your Ethernet LAN
Netgear has a nifty little USB NIC, the Netgear EA-101C USB Ethernet Adapter. Although the 10-Mbps USB NIC is slower than the 100-Mbps PCI NICs, you
Perhaps the easiest way to set up an Ethernet network is to buy a switch, cables, and USB NICs. Then all you have to do is plug the USB NICs into USB ports on the computers on one end and the switch on the other end. Then simply install the software and voilà, you have a network.
If you have more than one computer at home or at the office, you ought to network them. It's easy to do and affordable -- especially if you use Linux, Windows 2000, Windows 98 SE, or Windows ME. The best bang for the buck is an Ethernet network.
Products Discussed in Article
Here are some books to help you with networking. They cover different user levels, take different approaches, and discuss different networking features. Pick the book or books that suit your needs best.
Complete Idiot's Guide to Networking Your Home, Que Books, ISBN 0-7897-1963-0. $17
Networking by Example, Que Books, 0-7897-2356-5. $38
Peter Norton's Complete Guide To Networking, Sams, ISBN 0-672-31593-9. $30
Samba Primer Plus, Sams, ISBN 0-672-21932-2. $35. (Use Samba to share Windows and Linux files on the same network.)
Sams Teach Yourself Windows Networking in 24 Hours, Sams, ISBN: 0-672-31475-4. $20
This Wired Home: The Microsoft Guide to Home Networking, 2nd Ed, Microsoft Press, ISBN 0-7356-1158-0. $30
Understanding the Network, A Practical Guide to Internetworking, New Riders, ISBN 0735709777. $40
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