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Chapter 11. Connecting to the Internet - Pg. 329

329 Chapter 11. Connecting to the Internet Connecting to the Internet The Internet is a vast, worldwide network of computers that offers information, communication, on- line shopping, and entertainment for the whole family. There are two ways to connect to the Internet: · In a direct or network connection , your computer has a live network connection to the Internet all the time. This is relatively common for workplace computers on companywide networks. For home use, DSL , a type of direct connection, is gaining popularity, although it can be costly. · In a modem or dial-up connection , your computer uses its modem to dial in to a server at an Internet Service Provider (ISP), which gives it access to the Internet. This is a cheaper way to connect, but your access speed is limited by the speed of your modem. In this chapter, I tell you how to configure your system for an Internet connection, connect to the Internet, and use the Internet applications and utilities included with Mac OS 9.1.