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Linux All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Emmett Dulaney

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Chapter 1

Connecting to the Internet

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding the Internet

arrow Deciding how to connect to the Internet

arrow Connecting to the Internet with DSL

arrow 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, ...

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