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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft® Windows Vista™ by Shelley O’Hara, Ron Mansfield

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5. Getting Wired for Communication

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Getting the Right Equipment

To gain basic Internet access your computer needs certain hardware and software components. These are already installed on most contemporary computers. You also need a connection to the Internet via an Internet Services Provider, (often abbreviated to ISP). At a minimum, here’s what’s required:

  • A modem

  • An Internet service provider

  • A connection to that provider (phone line, cable, and so on)

  • A program for browsing the Internet (such as Internet Explorer)

  • A program for handling mail (such as Windows Mail)

This section describes each of these items.

What’s an Internet Service Provider?

An Internet service provider ...

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