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10.2. How to Get Online

Most people connect to the Internet using a modem, a piece of circuitry that connects your PC to a phone line. Almost every modern computer comes with a built-in, preinstalled modem.

10.2.1. Cable Modems and DSL

On the other hand, a growing minority of computer fans connects to the Internet with much faster gear called cable modems and DSL. These contraptions offer several gigantic advantages over dial-up modems. For example:


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