Broadband Internet Connections: A User's Guide to DSL and Cable (Paperback)

SMITH

  • 出版商: Addison-Wesley Professional
  • 出版日期: 2001-10-21
  • 定價: USD $49.99
  • 售價: $199
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 640
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0201738279
  • ISBN-13: 9780201738278

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產品描述

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.

  • Table of Contents

    I. BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES.

    1. What Can Broadband Do?
    Broadband Defined.
    The Need for Speed.
    The Appeal of a Dedicated Always-Up Connection.
    Modest Servers.
    A Roadmap to the Internet.

    2. Broadband Over Telephone Lines.
    DSL Technology Fundamentals.
    DSL Technology Variants.
    The DSL Provider Food Chain.
    Advantages and Drawbacks of DSL.

    3. Cable—Broadband Over Coax.
    Cable Technology Fundamentals..
    Cable Technology Variants.
    The Cable Provider Food Chain.
    Advantages and Drawbacks of Cable.

    4. Unusual and Upcoming Technologies.
    Broadband by Satellite.
    Wireless Local Broadband.
    Fiber-Optic Broadband.
    A Comparison of Alternative Broadband Technologies.

    II. BASIC BROADBAND CONFIGURATION.

    5. Methods of Connection and Authentication.
    Modem Interfaces.
    IP Address Assignment and Authentication.
    Adding a Hardware Router to the Mix.

    6. Configuring a Computer for Broadband.
    Preparing for Installation.
    Installing Necessary Drivers.
    Configuring Static IP Addresses.
    Configuring DHCP.
    Configuring PPPoE.
    Complications on Multi-NIC Systems.

    7. Using Your Connection.
    Similarities to Telephone Dial-Up Access.
    Programs That Use High-Speed Access.
    Performance Tuning.

    8. Troubleshooting.
    Testing Your Configuration.
    Resolving Local Configuration Problems.
    Physical Interference Problems.
    Trouble Outside of Your Control.

    III. RUNNING BROADBAND SERVERS.

    9. Obtaining a Domain Name.
    Understanding Internet Domain Names.
    When to Obtain a Domain Name.
    Using Conventional Domain Name Registration Services.
    Using Dynamic DNS Services.

    10. Running Mail Servers.
    Why Run a Mail Server?
    Hostname Considerations.
    Avoiding Spam.
    Common Mail Server Pitfalls.
    Providing Access to Mail.
    Mail Servers for Assorted OSs.

    11. Running Web Servers.
    Why Run a Web Server?
    Web Server Structure and Function.
    Web Servers for Assorted OSs.

    12. Running Game Servers.
    Why Run a Game Server?
    Special Needs of Game Servers.
    Popular Game Servers.

    13. Accessing Your System Remotely.
    Why Run a Remote Access Server?
    Accessing Files Remotely.
    Tools for Remote Text-Based Access.
    Running GUI Programs Remotely.

    IV. SHARING NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS.

    14. Requirements for Sharing Broadband.
    Methods of Broadband Sharing.
    Local Network Requirements.
    Implementing Network Sharing.

    15. Configuring a Simple Router.
    Understanding Routing.
    Configuring a Windows Router.
    Configuring a MacOS Router.
    Configuring a Linux Router.
    Setting Up a Hardware Router.

    16. Using NAT and IP Masquerading.
    Understanding NAT and IP Masquerading?
    NAT Tools in Windows.
    NAT Tools in MacOS.
    NAT Tools in Linux.
    Configuring a Hardware Router for NAT.

    17. Configuring a VPN.
    What Is a VPN?
    Approaches to VPN.
    Configuring a PPTP VPN.

    V. BROADBAND SECURITY ISSUES.

    18. An Assessment of Broadband Risks.
    How Do Crackers Find Victims?
    Common Security Conceptions and Misconceptions.
    Risks Posed by Servers.
    Risks Posed by Trojans.
    The Danger of Viruses and Worms.
    Denial-of-Service Attacks.
    Risks to a Network.

    19. Basic Security Provisions.
    Reducing Connect Time.
    Removing Unnecessary Servers.
    Attending to Accounts and Passwords.
    Clearing Cracker Tools from Your System.
    Intrusion Detection.

    20. Firewall Options.
    What Is a Firewall?
    Software Firewall Products.
    Hardware Firewall Products.
    Monitoring Firewall Logs.

    VI.APPENDIXES.

    Appendix A. Configuring Windows for Broadband.
    Driver Information.
    Using a Wizard.
    Static IP Address Configuration
    DHCP Configuration.
    PPPoE Configuration.

    Appendix B. Configuring MacOS for Broadband.
    Driver Information.
    Static IP Address Configuration.
    DHCP Configuration.
    PPPoE Configuration.

    Appendix C. Configuring Linux for Broadband.
    Driver Information.
    Static IP Address Configuration.
    DHCP Configuration.
    PPPoE Configuration.

    Appendix D. DSL Providers.
    DSL Hardware Manufacturers.
    DSL Providers.

    Appendix E. Cable Providers.
    Cable Hardware Manufacturers.
    Cable Companies.
    Cable ISPs.

    Glossary.
    Index.