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Chapter 19. 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 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.

Because you now have your computers all tied together with a nifty local area network (LAN), it seems silly that each user should have to use a modem to gain Internet access individually. No worries: You have a host of options for shared Internet connections. You can use a high-speed connection to serve the entire LAN, or you can share a modem connection made from one designated Windows XP computer. Either way, shared access makes online life simpler and safer for everyone on the network.


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