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Special Edition Using® Mac® OS X v10.2 by Brad Miser

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Choosing Your Internet Connection Technology

There are six general technologies you can use to connect your Mac to the Internet. These technologies are summarized in Table 10.1 and explained in more detail in the following subsections.

Table 10.1. Internet Connection Technologies
Technology Connection Method Advantages Disadvantages
Dial-up Dial-up modem via standard phone line Available anywhere Inexpensive Simple configuration

Accessible from any location

Dial-up modem included in all modern Macs
Very slow

Connection must be established each time services are needed

Not as reliable as other connection methods

Can be difficult to achieve maximum performance

Makes phone line unavailable
DSL DSL modem via standard phone line Broadband connection ...

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