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5. Wireless and Networking > INTERNET CONNECTIONS

INTERNET CONNECTIONS

Get Your PC Online

THE ANNOYANCE: I just signed up for a broadband Internet connection in my home. Everything seems to be plugged in correctly, but I can’t get to any web sites.

THE FIX: Modern broadband connections are pretty simple, until they stop working. Most of the time, the solution involves nothing more than unplugging your cable or DSL modem (and router, if you have one), leaving the devices unplugged for at least two full minutes, and then plugging them back in. If that doesn’t work, you’ll have to do a little digging.

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If you don’t yet have a router, consider getting one as part of the solution to this problem. As described in “Set Up a Wireless Network,” routers offer better firewall protection than Windows can; they also take care of a lot of the problems that commonly plague broadband connections, such as finicky dialers.


  

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