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Modems—Wherein the Lack of Speed Kills

There are ways to connect to the Internet without a modem, but such options (which you'll discover at the end of this chapter) are wildly costly and complex today. Odds are that you will use an ordinary modem and telephone line for your Internet connection, so you must consider the capabilities of your modem in choosing or upgrading your computer for Internet access.

Modem. A modem is a device that enables two computers to communicate with one another through phone lines. Using a modem (installed inside or connected to your computer), you can communicate through your regular home or business phone lines with the modem at your Internet provider. That's how you connect to the Net.


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