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Chapter 6. Connecting to the Internet an... > Setting Up a Broadband (Cable or DSL...

Setting Up a Broadband (Cable or DSL) Connection

Dial-up Internet connections plod along at a leisurely pace. Broadband connections, by contrast, are usually so zippy that clicking from page to page on the Web is similar to turning the pages of a magazine. These days, the most common forms of broadband connections are cable modems and DSL connections. The former carries data over the same wire that brings television into your home; the latter uses telephone wiring, although it works at many times the speed of a dial-up connection and doesn’t prevent you from talking on the phone as you’re surfing the Web.

Windows XP fully supports broadband connections, usually treating them as network devices. You add a network card to your computer and connect it to the cable modem or DSL gateway. Configure your computer using the Network Setup Wizard and you should be good to go.


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