30 - Connecting to the Internet
O N N E CT I N G T O T H E
This chapter includes general information on types of
connections, and getting connected to the internet. Some of
this information may not apply to your computer. For
detailed information, please refer to Network connections
on page 80.
Your computer's built-in network features make it easy for
you to connect your computer to the internet using a cable
or a wireless connection.
First though, in order to connect to the internet, you'll need
to sign up for internet services from an ISP (Internet
Service Provider) -- usually a phone or cable company --
that will have to go to your home or office to set up internet
service. The ISP will install a small box, a router or modem,
that will allow you to connect to the internet.
Connecting to a wireless network
Connecting to a wireless LAN
A wireless LAN (or WLAN) is a wireless local area network,
which can link two or more computers without using wires.
Once connected to WLAN, you can access the internet. You
can also share files, other devices, and even your internet
Using wireless devices while flying in aircraft may be prohibited.
All wireless devices must be switched off before boarding an
aircraft and during take-off, as they may be dangerous to the
operation of the aircraft, disrupt communications, and even be
illegal. You may turn on your computer's wireless devices only
when informed that it is safe to do so by the cabin crew.
Your computer's wireless connection is turned on by default
and Windows will detect and display a list of available
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