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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Dial-Up Connections

High-speed Internet is where it’s at, baby! But there are plenty of reasons why you may be among the 10 percent of the Internet-using population who connect via dial-up modem, slow though it is. Dial-up is a heck of a lot less expensive than broadband. And its availability is incredible—you can find a phone jack in almost any room in the civilized world, in places where the closest Ethernet or WiFi network is miles away.

To get online by dial-up, you need a PC with a modem—maybe an external USB model—and a dial-up account. You sign up with a company called an Internet service provider (or ISP, as insiders and magazines inevitably call them).

National ISPs like EarthLink and AT&T have ...

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