Using Other Controls to Keep Your Children Safe

Parental Controls in Windows Vista includes two controls that are not in Windows 7: • Web filtering lets you specify lists of sites to allow and sites to block.

• Activity reporting monitors and reports computer activity, including when each child logged on and off, which programs she ran, which websites she visited, whom she has corresponded with via e-mail and instant messaging, and so on .

Although those controls are no longer part of Windows, Parental Controls is designed to incorporate additional controls that provide comparable functionality as well as other features . One such add-in is Windows Live Family Safety, which performs web filtering and creates activity reports that you can view from anywhere you have access to a web browser and an internet connection . You can learn more about Windows Live Family Safety and download it from w7io.com/1605.

These additional controls can be provided by Microsoft or others . To install or use an add-in control, follow the instructions under Additional Controls, near the bottom of the main Parental Controls window shown earlier in Figure 16-9 .

CHAPTER 17

Setting Up a Small Office or Home Network

Introducing Windows 7 Networking. Configuring Your Network Hardware

586 Setting Up a Wireless Network

591 Using HomeGroup to Connect Your Computers at Home

Setting up a network is no longer the complex and sometimes frustrating process it used to be. With Microsoft Windows XP, the Network Setup wizard performs many of the tasks necessary to configure network computers . Because of advances in hardware technology as well as in Windows itself, the wizard isn't necessary for configuring wired networks in Windows 7. On a network where every computer is running Windows (any version), in fact, you might find that your wired network requires no configuration at all—after you finish setting up Windows, your network is available for immediate access . Modern hardware and Windows 7 combine to bring similar ease of configuration to wireless networks. (For advice on what to do when the pieces of your network don't fit together so neatly, see Chapter 19, "Fixing and Tweaking Your Network")

You can maximize your chances of a trouble-free network setup by selecting the right hardware and installing it properly. When you start Windows after connecting your network, a quick visit to Network And Sharing Center is usually all that's necessary to confirm that IP addresses, workgroup names, Windows Firewall settings, registry settings, and system policies are properly configured to facilitate a working network . Although Windows does all this with nary a nudge from you, you can always fine-tune network settings to suit your networking needs .

This chapter explains how to configure a peer-to-peer network for a small workgroup (typically consisting of 10 computers or fewer)—a network of computers that are not part of a domain run by a member of the Windows Server family. The steps we describe in this chapter for setting up and configuring a network work identically in all Windows 7 editions, with one exception: a computer running Starter edition can join a homegroup but cannot create one. (Although we don't provide in-depth coverage of domains, for the record: only computers running the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions can join a domain.) V_J

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