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Chapter 17. Setting Up a Network > Kinds of Networks

17.1. Kinds of Networks

You can connect your PCs using any of several different kinds of gear. Most of the world's offices are wired with Ethernet cable, but all kinds of possibilities await, including networking systems that rely on the phone or power lines already in your walls, and even wireless systems that don't need cables at all. Here's an overview of the four most popular networking systems.


Note:

Be sure that whatever networking gear you buy is compatible with Windows XP. The best way to do so is check the compatibility list at www.microsoft.com/hcl . Networking is complicated enough without having to troubleshoot some gadget that's not designed for XP.



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