Chapter 16. Internet Connectivity

Internet Connectivity Trends

Communication between computers is a major part of the PC industry. Thanks to the Internet, no computer user is an island. Whether using a dial-up modem or broadband technology, virtually all PCs can be interconnected both locally and globally, enabling them to share files, send and receive email, and access the World Wide Web (WWW). This chapter explores the various technologies you can use to expand the reach of your PC around the block and around the world.

Although some users still use dial-up modems, most PC users have abandoned dial-up Internet access for the faster world of broadband access. According to WebSiteOptimization.com, in July 2004 the number of U.S. broadband connections ...

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