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Chapter 24. Connecting Your LAN to the I... > It's a Great Time to Connect Your LA...

It's a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet

It's a given now that you will want Internet access on your new network. (How else will you get in those day trades during your coffee break?) In the 1980s, only big corporations and universities had Internet connections, and then, a single 64Kbps connection was probably shared by hundreds of users. Now, accessing the Internet is as much a daily requirement as the morning paper. We expect to have instant access from any keyboard we can get our fingers on, and personally, I get grumpy using anything less than a 400Kbps connection. That's progress, I suppose.

Because you now have your computers all tied together with a nifty local area network (LAN), it seems silly that each user should have to use a modem to gain Internet access individually. No worries: You have a host of options for shared Internet connections. You can use a high-speed connection to serve the entire LAN, or you can share a modem connection made from one designated Windows 2000 computer. Either way, shared access makes online life simpler for everyone on the network.


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