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Chapter 6. Finding Hardware and Help > Finding Answers through Newsgroups

Finding Answers through Newsgroups

When your network equipment isn't working or you have questions before you purchase hardware, newsgroups are a good place to check in. You don't need to take the time to configure a newsgroup reader. You can read through and search newsgroups using your Web browser.

Google Groups (www.groups.google.com)

Google Groups (Figure 6.9) offers a searchable interface to newsgroups, with an archive that goes back to the mid-1990s. Since you're probably more interested in getting the latest information, the site can help there too, offering the capability to sort by date. Google is particularly helpful when you have a question that relates to a specific make and model of equipment. In many instances, you'll find that your question has already been answered.


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