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Chapter 12. Connecting to the Internet > Understanding Connection Types

Understanding Connection Types

First, you can skip this chapter if:

You upgraded from a previous Windows version that had internet access. Windows Setup preserved the configuration; your XP connection should work fine.

You want to transfer internet connection settings from another PC. Use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard; see “Transferring Existing Files and Settings” in the appendix.

Your PC is on a local area network (LAN) at work or school. You have internet access through the network. Ask your network administrator about connection details.

You want to share an internet connection provided by another computer. Use Internet Connection Sharing (or a router); see “Sharing an Internet Connection” in Chapter 17.

If you’re not in any of these situations, you can set up your own internet connection by using:

  • A dial-up connection through an analog modem over ordinary phone lines, or

  • A high-speed broadband connection such as DSL or cable


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