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Select an Internet Service Provider
Set Up a Dial-Up Connection
Choose a Broadband Network Option
Connect a Powerline Network
Connect a Wireless Network
Remember These Rules to Stay Safe Online
You’re settled on your computer, and you’re ready to get started with social connections on the web. Before you start checking out sites such as Facebook and Twitter, you need access to the Internet. (Details, details … .) The way to access the Internet is through an Internet service provider, or ISP, such as Earthlink, AT&T, or RoadRunner. If you don’t already belong to one of these, don’t worry; joining is easy, as I describe in this chapter.
ISPs offer two basic types of connections: dial-up (slower, but less expensive) and broadband (faster and pricier). In this chapter, I fill you in on some details to help you decide what’s right for ...