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Chapter 12. Get Online Today! > What You Need to Get Online

What You Need to Get Online

Getting connected to the Internet is a pretty easy process after you know what you need in the way of hardware and what service you want to use to get online. For an HP Pavilion user, most of that is taken care of. You have an internal modem built in, you have installation files for several major Internet service providers, and you have a wizard to take you through the process step by step. About the only thing you need to supply is a credit card.

What's an Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

ISPs are companies, such as America Online (AOL) or Earthlink, that maintain servers (computers) that you use to access the Internet and to exchange email with others using the Internet. You usually pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to these services.


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