Book: Network Your Computers & Devices Step by Step [Giveaway]

Tina Sieber 23-03-2011

The book Network Your Computer & Devices Step by Step written by Ciprian Adrian Rusen and co-authored by his team at 7 Tutorials thoroughly describes the process of creating an interactive and safe home network. Owing to its easy to follow step by step instructions and clear organization, the book is suitable for everyone who knows the basics of computing. Previous experience in setting up a home network is not required.


This week, we will be giving away 25 free copies of Ciprian’s ebook in PDF, Mobi, APK and ePub formats

Each chapter is preceded by a ‘Chapter at a Glance’ summary, which highlights its key lessons and on what pages to find them. While beginners are advised to read each chapter from beginning to end, more experienced readers can use these cues to jump to points of interest.

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The chapter itself starts with a short list of what the reader will learn on the following pages and it concludes with a list of key points that were covered in the chapter. Throughout the book clear step by step instructions, plenty of screenshots, highlighting of important points or known issues, and cross-links to further information make this book an easy to follow manual.

The book addresses all networking-related features that Windows can handle. While it mostly focuses on Windows 7; it also explains how to integrate computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu Linux into the network.


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This is an overview of the skills this book teaches:

  • Set up and configure a router.
  • Connect peripheral devices to the network.
  • Manage user accounts.
  • Manage Windows 7 libraries.
  • Create and connect to a network.
  • Customize network sharing settings.
  • Create and join a homegroup.
  • Share libraries, folders, and peripheral devices.
  • Stream media over the network and the internet.
  • Secure the network.
  • Set up parental controls.

The final chapter provides troubleshooting tips for network and internet problems and the unavoidable technical lingo is unscrambled in the Glossary.

There is very little left to be desired. Maybe the author should have mentioned that the minimum edition required to complete all networking projects is Windows 7 Home Premium. While the book clearly focuses on a home network and does not cover professional networking aspects, some readers may get stuck trying to use Windows 7 Starter. Overall, this is an excellent book, which should not leave any open questions about how to set up a comprehensive home network.


How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

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Giveaway eligibility
In accordance with Facebook’s Promotional Guidelines 2.4.2 and 2.4.3:
Individuals who are over the age of 18. If you are under 18, get your parents to participate on your behalf;
Individuals who reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, India or any country embargoed by the United States are not permitted to enter.

This giveaway begins now and ends Wednesday, March 30th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Ciprian Adrian Rusen for his generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.


[update] And the winners are …

  1. Roger Caldwell
  2. Stephen Knooren
  3. Tony Phomsopha
  4. Victor Crismale
  5. Adrian N Carvajal
  6. Alex Hatfield
  7. Antonio Aceves
  8. Ben Shih
  9. Brad Sturrock
  10. C. Neal Morton
  11. Christy Drake
  12. Dan Wolden
  13. Dave Mewett
  14. Edmund Mendez
  15. Flavius Graur
  16. Guillaume Belanger
  17. Jason Williams
  18. Jim Morton
  19. John Mason
  20. Jose Navarro
  21. Justin
  22. Ken Judd
  23. Lauri Arnold
  24. Marja Kuijsten
  25. Melissa Pieper

Congratulations to the winners! Your ebook has already been sent to you via email. Please check your inbox for an email from Jackson Chung.

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  1. Frank
    March 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Tend to agree, wording is incorrect and misleading....

  2. Boussakka
    March 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    good luck to everyone

  3. Sueska
    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    This is a really a great book. I recently won a copy from the Daily Buggle, so I won't participate in this contest but will give others a chance to win. Good luck all!

  4. Steph Jones
    March 27, 2011 at 1:54 am

    I'm done. Thank you!

  5. Joe
    March 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Tried this before and won, but the zip download was password protected so will try again...

  6. Stéphane M
    March 25, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Done, thanks!

  7. Mark Giles
    March 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    done, and 1 RT @ipadfreebies

  8. Orson Carte
    March 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Not really a giveaway then is it? If you have to win it it is a competition surely, please amend your wording.