In This Chapter
Understanding what the Internet is
Exploring different types of Internet connections
Setting up an Internet connection
Troubleshooting Internet connectivity
For many people, going online is the major reason to buy a computer. You can use the Internet to check stock quotes, shop, play interactive games with others, and file your taxes, for example. The Internet can provide wonderful ways to keep in touch with family and friends located around the country or on the other side of the world via email or instant messaging. You can share photos of your family or connect with others who share your hobbies or interests.
But before you begin all those activities, it helps to understand some basics about the Internet and how it works.
This chapter helps you understand what the Internet and World Wide Web are, as well as some basics about connecting to the Internet and how to troubleshoot problems with your Internet connection.
The “Internet,” “links,” the “web,” the “cloud” … people and the media bounce around many ...