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Chapter 1. Why Network Wirelessly? > Sharing Your Broadband Modem

Sharing Your Broadband Modem

The introduction of high-speed Internet access to a wide consumer audience is perhaps the most important new technology for home networks. The term broadband refers to fast Internet access technologies, such as cable and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), which transmit data many times faster than an analog (56-kbps) modem.

Cable modems provide high-speed access, between 300 kilobits to 1.5 megabits per second, over regular TV cable lines. You can see a cable modem, from Linksys, in Figure 1.7. DSL connections provide similar speeds to that of cable over regular phone lines.


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