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Chapter 18. Connecting Your LAN to the I... > It's a Great Time to Connect Your LA...

It's a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet

In the 1980s, only big corporations and universities had Internet connections, and then, a single 64Kbps connection was probably shared by hundreds of users. Now, accessing the Internet is as much a daily requirement as coffee and the morning paper. We expect to have instant access from any keyboard we can get our fingers on, and personally, I get grumpy using anything less than a 400Kbps connection. That's progress, I suppose.

In today's homes it's common to have two or more computers, and you're sure to want Internet access on all of them. It seems wasteful to make each computer connect to the Internet separately—this ties up two or more telephone lines, or costs lots extra for multiple high-speed cable or DSL hookups. Is there a better way? You bet: You can share a single Internet connection with several computers using your home/office local area network. The money you'll save not needing several telephone lines can pay for the network in a few months. I think it's worth setting up a network just for this.


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