11. Connecting to the Internet—at Home and on the Road

It used to be that most people bought personal computers to do serious work—word processing, spreadsheets, databases, the sort of programs that still make up the core of Microsoft Office. But today, people also buy PCs to access the Internet—to send and receive email, surf the Web, watch movies and listen to music, and socialize with other users.

To do this, of course, you first have to connect your computer to the Internet. Fortunately, Windows makes this easy to do.

Different Types of Connections in the Home

The first step in going ...

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