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Chapter 6. Connecting to the Internet an... > Using a Modem to Get on the Internet

Using a Modem to Get on the Internet

In Windows XP, setting up a dial-up Internet connection takes just a few clicks of the mouse, thanks to an efficient wizard. Fine-tuning that connection can take a little extra effort, though. Is your dial-up connection your primary means of access to the Internet? If so, you’ll probably want to configure it so it dials automatically when it’s needed and hangs up after a suitable period of inactivity. If you pay by the minute for Internet access, you’ll want to be even more careful to set brief time-outs that keep your bill from soaring.

On the other hand, you’ll want to set things up differently if you normally use a broadband connection and your dial-up connection is just a backup that you use when traveling or when the cable or digital subscriber line (DSL) connection stops working temporarily.


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