In This Chapter
Understanding the Internet
Deciding how to connect to the Internet
Connecting to the Internet with DSL
Connecting to the Internet with a cable modem
Given the prevalence and popularity of the Internet, it’s a safe bet to assume that you want to connect your Linux system to the Internet. In this chapter, I show you how to connect to the Internet in several ways — depending on whether you have a DSL or cable modem. There are still some who connect using a dial-up network connection, but those are few and far between these days; most users aren’t comfortable with the slower performance of a dial-up connection.
Two of the options for connecting to the Internet — DSL and cable modem — involve attaching a special modem to an Ethernet card on your Linux system. In these cases, you have to set up Ethernet networking on your Linux system. (I explain networking in Chapter 2 of this minibook.) If your machine is nothing more than a client on a network that it connects to via a mobile/Wi-Fi connection, and not needing its own dedicated connection, ...