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Going Unplugged

LANs once were so expensive and difficult to manage that they were found only in big corporations. Now, networks are found in most businesses and many homes. Internet access is available nearly everywhere, even in coffee shops and airports. We're becoming more and more used to being connected. In fact, with the advent of wireless networking, some people believe that the Internet is going to evolve into the Evernet: a global network that's available everywhere, all the time.

We don't have an Evernet yet, but it's become easy—and even expected—that we should be able to connect to our office and home LANs and work wherever we are. Windows XP has several features to help make this possible:


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