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Platinum Edition Using® Microsoft® Windows® XP by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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You Do Need a Network

If you have two or more computers and you don't already have a network, you need one—it's about that simple. A network offers many advantages, including

  • The ability to share a single Internet connection; this is an especially big win if you use a broadband DSL or cable Internet service.

  • Sharing of files and printers, so that you can get at your data and use any of your printers from any of your computers.

  • The ability to quickly transfer files from one computer to another; this can help you move from an old to a new computer, and can also serve as the basis of a simple but effective backup scheme.

  • Two words: multi-user games. (Or is that three words?)

In this chapter, we'll discuss how to construct and configure a network based ...

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