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Sharing an Internet connection

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One big advantage of a home network is that it allows two or more computers to use one Internet connection simultaneously. (If you have a DSL or cable modem connection, performance will be faster.) The client computers in your network gain access to the Internet via the server (host) computer's account with an Internet service provider (ISP).

(Even if you don't have a high-speed connection, you can have the convenience of using your computer to work on files stored on your son's computer while he surfs the Web via the connection hosted by your computer.)

Note   Two or more people on the same single AOL or CompuServe account are not permitted to log on concurrently. Other ISPs may have similar restrictions. Check with your ISP if you intend to have more than one person log on to the Internet from a single account.

More Tips for Home Networking

Connection types

  • DSL: Digital subscriber lines. DSL technology is a type of high-speed computer-Internet connection using standard phone wires.
  • Cable Modem: A device that enables a high-speed connection to the Internet by using the wiring for your cable television.

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