Chapter 2

Connecting to the Internet

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Select an Internet Service Provider

Bullet Choose a Broadband Network Option

Bullet Connect a Powerline Network

Bullet Set Up a Wireless Network

Bullet Protect Your Privacy and Stay Safe Online

You’re settled on your devices, and you’re ready to get started with social connections on the web. Before you start visiting sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you need access to the Internet. Your smartphone will automatically connect to your telecom provider, but what about at home? The way to access the Internet through other devices is through an Internet service provider, or ISP. If you don’t already have access to one, don’t worry; joining is easy, as I describe in this chapter.

ISPs offer two basic types of connections: DSL (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 you. Also, I tell you about the wired or wireless networking methods that complete ...

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