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Chapter 9. Connecting to the Internet > Cable Modems and High-Speed DSL

Cable Modems and High-Speed DSL

For the most part, if you installed your Linux system with the cable modem connected, this is probably already working, and you have nothing left to do. If, however, you are already up and running and you are just now getting a cable modem, it is probably time for a few pointers. Quite frankly, these days (with a modern Linux distribution), there isn't much to it.

To begin with, cable modems aren't modems in the classic sense. The so-called modem is connected to your cable TV service on one side and to an Ethernet card inside your PC on the other. High-speed access through your phone company's DSL service is similar, in that they will provide you with an external, modemlike device (in many cases, it is really a router) that also connects to an Ethernet card.


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