The Internet is a vast, worldwide network of computers that offers information, communication, online shopping, and entertainment for the whole family.
There are two ways to connect to the Internet:
In a direct, or network, connection, your computer has a live network connection to the Internet all the time. This is common for workplace computers on companywide networks. At home, cable modems and DSL, which work like direct connections, are also popular.
In a modem, or dial-up, connection, your computer uses a modem to dial in to a server at an Internet Service Provider (ISP), which gives it access to the Internet. Access speed is limited by the speed of your modem.
This chapter explains ...