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Installing the Hardware

No matter what kind of Internet connection you’ll be using, you’ll need a modem, a network adapter, or some other sort of connection hardware. If you’re lucky, your computer came with this preinstalled and you can just skip ahead to “Configuring Your Internet Connection.” Otherwise, you’ll be adding some hardware. For most types of high-speed service, your ISP will either come install everything for you, or they’ll give you detailed instructions. For the basic service types, I’ll give you some generic installation instructions in the next few sections. Your connection hardware might come with detailed instructions. If it does, by all means follow those.

Installing a Modem in Windows XP

Installing a modem is a pretty painless process these days. If you had to undergo the experience in the mid-’90s, you might remember worrying about interrupt conflicts, having to set jumpers, and needing to navigate the computer’s setup screen. Plug and Play has pretty much eliminated this mess. Your modem should come with straightforward installation instructions. Follow those and you’ll be online in no time.


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