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Chapter 13. Securing Your Home Network > Broadband Connectivity

Broadband Connectivity

The debate over which is better, DSL or cable modem, still rages on. (These topics are discussed more in Chapter 11.) However, this debate should not stop you from taking whatever broadband connection is available to you and using it to set up your network. For many companies, DSL provides good connectivity that can't be found in the business community by cable modem. For home users, cable modem access is easy to set up and run and is in many places that DSL is not provided. The distance problems that many users face with DSL are not a problem with cable modem. The security measures of each technology have something to be desired. Each is susceptible to attack, and it's up to you to keep your network secure.

Cable modem service does have more security problems initially than DSL. Because you are already connected to a network environment that includes your neighborhood when you use cable modem, you have all the problems that are associated with local network access. We will cover these problems later in the chapter. Windows Network Neighborhood can show you all the computers on your local area network (LAN) if they do not have security measures in place.


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