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Chapter 12. Connecting to the Internet > Setting up an Existing Internet Accoun...

Setting up an Existing Internet Account

Read this section if you have an existing dial-up or broadband internet account that you want to set up manually or if your PC connects to the internet through your school or workplace network. The setup procedure depends on whether you have a dial-up connection or a DSL, cable, network, or other high-speed connection.

✓ Tips

  • Before you start, look in the Network Connections window for existing connections; choose Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet Connections > Network Connections (Figure 12.3).

    Figure 12.3. The Network Connections window lists your current internet and network connections. Type descriptive connection names when you’re prompted; the names appear as icon labels in this window.

  • Always favor your ISP’s own instructions over the generic instructions given here.

  • To add Network Connections to the Start menu, right-click the Start button; then choose Properties > Customize > Advanced tab > select Link to Network Connections Folder (in the Start Menu Items list).

  • Set up a firewall as soon as you’re connected; see “Securing Your Computer” later in this chapter.



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