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Chapter 22. XP Media Center and Your Hom... > Types of Network Connections

Types of Network Connections

Now that you know what to expect from your Media Center PC after your network is up and running, let's cover some basics. The first step in getting your PCs connected to each other is to set up your physical network. This means making physical data connections between the computers in your home. There is an ever-expanding list of network architectures to choose from, but the most popular options for home networking today include Ethernet, wireless, phone line, and power line.

Ethernet

The “old standby” in networking, Ethernet cables are one of the best supported and downright cheapest ways to get the job done. They can also provide much faster network speeds (typically 100Mbps) than the other options listed in this chapter, and they are easier to keep secure than the new-fangled and enormously popular wireless variety. Your Media Center PC comes with a network interface card (NIC) installed, so all you need to do is plug an Ethernet cable into it, then plug the other end into a device such as an Ethernet hub. Follow the same procedure for your other PCs, and you'll soon be in business.


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