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Setting Up Hardware

Traditionally, access to another computer from home meant that you needed just one kind of hardware: an analog (dial-up) modem. Although this is still true for the vast majority of computer users, more and more people are finding that newer technologies such as cable modems and DSL lines are better choices. Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) is also popular with users who must support a wide variety of telephony devices besides modems. This section deals with the installation and configuration of all these types of devices.

Installing and Configuring a Modem

High-speed Internet access is far faster, but dial-up connections that use a conventional modem are far more economical in terms of cash outlay: Your computer probably has a modem already installed, and an increasing number of companies such as AltaVista, NetZero, and many others offer free Internet access.


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