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Windows 7 Made Simple by Kevin Otnes

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Connecting to the Internet

To connect to the Internet, you need Internet access (usually via DSL or cable) and a broadband modem, or dial-up access through a phone line. If you want to share that Internet access with more than one computer, or you want your computers to share libraries or printers on a network, you will need a router. Technically, you could use a switchbox, but for a few dollars more you can get a wireless router.

TIP: Usually the broadband modem and the router are two separate devices, but some cable or phone companies also offer a combination modem/router or can suggest models you can buy that work with their system.

The router takes the Internet access from your modem and then provides that access to each computer connected ...

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