Ottawa PC Users' Group

Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.

2006 Workshop
Computer Hardware and Home Networking


Fabulous Door Prizes!

Linksys WRT54G
Wireless-G Broadband Router
($99.99 retail value)

The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router is really three devices in one box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PC's directly, or daisy-chain out to more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection, files, and other resources such as printers and hard disk storage space.

Main features:

  • All-in-one Internet-sharing Router, 4-port Switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Wireless data rates up to 54Mbps -- 5 times as fast as Wireless-B (802.11b), but also interoperable with Wireless-B devices (at 11Mbps)
  • Advanced security: Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA), wireless MAC address filtering, powerful SPI firewall

For more information check out the Linksys web site

Wireless router


If you are lucky enough to win this fine wireless router at our workshop, you'll be sure that it works, as it will be used to demonstrate some of the features of wireless networking as part of the workshop! But, you have to register and attend the workshop for a chance to win!


We will also be drawing for a whole raft of books related to various aspects of computer hardware and networking kindly donated by O'Reilly Media. O'Reilly Media


PC Hardware Buyer's Guide PC Hardware Buyer's Guide
Choosing the Perfect Components
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
First Edition, February 2005
Retail Value: $18.95
This handy guide is the ideal shopping companion for people who wish to build their own desktop computer. Loaded with valuable information, the PC Hardware Buyer's Guide helps you choose which parts are best for you by ensuring compatibility and performance. Features a component overview, valuable rules of thumb, and a quick-lookup reference chart with recommended brands and models.

PC Hardware Annoyances
How to Fix the Most Annoying Things about Your Computer Hardware
Stephen J. Bigelow
First Edition, November 2004
Retail Value: $36.95
Through the use of snappy, entertaining, and practical solutions, PC Hardware Annoyances aims to optimize peripheral hardware devices by offering easy fixes to their most annoying traits. Designed for PC users of all levels, this concise guide is broken up into several broad hardware categories, including desktops, laptops and PDAs, graphics, sound, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, network, and printers and scanners.

PC Hardware Annoyances

Repairing and Upgrading Your PC Repairing and Upgrading Your PC
Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson
First Edition, March 2006
Retail Value: $48.99
Repairing and Upgrading Your PC delivers start-to-finish instructions, simple enough for even the most inexperienced PC owner, for troubleshooting, repairing, and upgrading your computer. Written by hardware experts Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, this book covers it all: how to troubleshoot a troublesome PC, how to identify which components make sense for an upgrade, and how to tear it all down and put it back together. This book shows how to repair and upgrade all of your PC's essential components.

Building Extreme PCs
The Complete Guide to Modding and Custom PCs
Ben Hardwidge
First Edition, February 2006
Retail Value: $34.99
Building Extreme PCs is the ultimate guide to the world of PC modification and customization. Both a showcase and a DIY handbook, it goes in-depth into system building, overclocking, cooling, and modification, reveals the secrets of optimization and benchmarking, then moves on to cover some of the most exciting and inspirational custombuilt systems around. From silent systems to multi-processor monsters, from gaming powerhouses to neon-lit speed machines, this book has it all, complete with guidance from the people who made them.

Building Extreme PCs

PCs: The Missing Manual PCs: The Missing Manual
Andy Rathbone
First Edition, December 2005
Retail Value: $34.95
PCs: The Missing Manual delivers everything you need to know about PCs, both inside and out, and how to keep them running smoothly and working how you want. From hooking everything up to configuring today's must-have digital media devices; from burning CDs and DVDs to setting up blogs and webcams; and from networking several computers to accessing TV and radio online, there's something for everyone.

Home Networking: The Missing Manual
Scott Lowe
First Edition, July 2005
Retail Value: $34.95
Using clear language, straightforward explanations, and a dash of humor, Home Networking: The Missing Manual shows you how to do everything you need to set up a home network. This book helps you understand the difference between what you need to know to create and use your home network and what's best left to those looking for a career as a system administrator. In Home Networking: The Missing Manual you'll find everything you need to get your network running-and nothing more.

Home Networking: The Missing Manual

Home Networking Annoyances Home Networking Annoyances
How to Fix the Most Annoying Things About Your Home Network
Kathy Ivens
First Edition, January 2005
Retail Value: $36.95
Need a cure for the headaches associated with running a home network? This book tackles all the common annoyances your network dishes up--whether it's wired or wireless. With a friendly, off-the-cuff approach, this book guides you safely through common home networking glitches, including file sharing, printing, security, and more. Take a stand against annoyances now: just as the bestselling PC Annoyances brought peace and happiness to PC users everywhere, Home Networking Annoyances is your ticket to serenity.

802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition
Matthew Gast
Second Edition, April 2005
Retail Value: $62.95
If you want to deploy your own wireless network--at home or at the office you must first understand the capabilities and risks associated with the 802.11 protocols. And 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is the perfect place to start. This updated edition covers everything you need to know about integrating wireless technology into your current infrastructure.

802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition

Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual
David Pogue
First Edition, May 2002
(This book is out of print, but is available on Safari Bookshelf)
In Windows XP Home Edition: The Missing Manual, New York Times technology columnist (and bestselling Missing Manual series creator) David Pogue provides the friendly, authoritative book that should have been in the box. It includes witty, authoritative coverage of every feature, from the new two-column Start menu to setting up a small-office network and sharing an Internet connection among several PCs.

Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box
Ryan Russell, Ido Dubrawsky and FX
First Edition, April 2003
Retail Value: $69.95
This bestselling title is NOT intended to be an "install, configure, update, troubleshoot, and defend book." It is also NOT another one of the countless Hacker books out there now by our competition. So, what IS it? "Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box" is an edgy, provocative, attack-oriented series of chapters written in a first hand, conversational style. World-renowned network security personalities presents a series of 25 to 30 page chapters written from the point of an attacker who is gaining access to a particular system. This book portrays the "street fighting" tactics used to attack networks and systems. Special foreword by Jeff Moss, President & CEO of Black Hat, Inc.

Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box


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