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Chapter 9. Hooking Up to the Internet > How to Get Online - Pg. 298

Five Degrees of Online Readiness Alternatively, if you know all the configuration details for your existing account-- your account name, local access number, password, and so on--you can use the New Connection Wizard described on page 300. · You want to sign up for a new America Online account. Microsoft, an AOL rival, no longer includes the America Online starter software with Windows. You'll need to secure the AOL installer on your own--using one of the several billion AOL starter CDs that come with magazines, in cereal boxes, and sometimes out of the faucet. · You want to sign up for a new MSN account, or a standard Internet account (EarthLink, AT&T, Sprint, or whatever). In this case, use the New Connection Wizard described on page 300. · You want to access the Internet, but don't yet know the best way to do it. In this case, read on. How to Get Online Most people connect to the Internet using a modem, a device that connects your PC to a standard voice phone line. Almost every modern computer comes with a built- in, preinstalled modem.