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Chapter 31. Troubleshooting Common Windo... > Troubleshooting Internet Connectivit...

Troubleshooting Internet Connectivity Problems

Along with the proliferation of Internet usage has come remarkable strides in Internet-related technology. Applications and hardware are more powerful, a lot more reliable, and usually more user-friendly, making connecting to the Internet easier than ever. Yet the Internet—and our ability to connect to it—involves a complex system of domain namespaces, user authentication, power supplies, servers, protocols, routers, switches, cables, connections, modems, ISPs, and of course, properly configured home or business computers that allow us to connect our machines to the rest of the world. Sounds simple, right? Fortunately, Windows XP makes access to the Internet easier than ever. Yet even with today's sophisticated software, it's just a matter of time before you run into Internet connectivity problems, and when these problems do occur, the places to look are your hardware, your software configurations, and your TCP/IP connections.

→ For more information about configuring and troubleshooting your Internet connection, see Chapter 8, “Configuring Your Internet Connection,” p. 275.


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