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Microsoft® Windows 7 In Depth by Brian Knittel, Robert Cowart

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19. Connecting Your Network to the Internet

It’s a Great Time to Connect Your LAN to the Internet

Because you now have your computers tied together with a nifty, inexpensive 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 7 computer. Either way, shared access makes online life simpler and safer for everyone on the network.

A shared Internet connection can actually provide better protection against hackers than can an individual connection, because a shared connection has ...

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