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Before you can get to 'computing' you've got to get connected. Learn about things like modem speed, broadband connections, T1 lines and satellite internet.
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Why the difference in speed with my cable modem?

It can be truly frustrating -- one minute you're zipping along just fine, the next, you can't get one page to load. What's causing the backup? Cable modems are part of a loop that begins at the cable company's central office, goes through a certain neighborhood or area, and comes back to the central office.

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    How does satellite Internet operate?

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    When you connect to the Internet, you might connect through a regular modem, a local-area network connection, a cable modem or a digital subscriber line (DSL) connection. DSL is a very high-speed connection that uses the same wires as a regular telephone line. See more »

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    How Fiber Optics Work

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    Fiber-to-the-home broadband connections promise the next generation in connectivity to consumers. Learn more about FTTH broadband connections in this article. See more »

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    With movies, television, music and more being offered on the Internet these days, you need faster connection speeds. Is fiber optic technology the answer? See more »

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