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Chapter 8. Internet and TCP/IP Connectio... > Configuring a High-Speed Connection

Configuring a High-Speed Connection

If you’re using an Ethernet network adapter to connect your computer to a DSL or cable Internet service, the installer will probably set up your computer for you. “Self-install” providers will give you a set of instructions specific to your service. I can only give you a general idea of what’s required.

Most DSL and some cable Internet providers use a connection scheme called PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet). This is a technology that works a lot like a standard dial-up connection, but it takes place through the DSL circuit or TV cable rather than over a voice connection. Windows XP has PPPoE software built-in, but the setup process will vary from provider to provider. The setup process will involve installing and configuring a network adapter to connect to the modem, or plugging in a USB-based modem, and then setting up a dial-up connection with the Connect Using a Broadband Connection That Requires a User Name and Password option.


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