Chapter 7. How Computers Connect to the Internet

How Computers Connect to the Internet

There are many different ways your computer can connect to the Internet, ranging from dial-in connections to LANs (local area networks) to wireless connections to connections over cable TV wires, to DSL connections that use phone wires but connect you at high speed.

At one time, most people connected to the Internet via what is becoming an increasingly antiquated way—using a dial-up modem. Typically, when you use your modem to connect to the Internet, you dial in to an Internet service provider (ISP), for example EarthLink or America Online. When you dial in to and connect to your ISP, ...

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