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- Dialup: The lowest speed of any Internet access and it uses your telephone line to connect meaning you can't use both.
- Cable: If you are connected to a cable system for your TV reception, many cable companies offer internet service as an add-on but is characterized by the use of an additional box between your PC and the cable connection.
- DSL: 'Digital Line Subscriber' this is a technique that also requires some electronics between your PC and the telephone line which then can serve two purposes; provide a faster connection and still leave your telephone operable.
- Satellite: Two types are currently in service; one uses your satellite dish to receive information to pass on to your PC, giving you very fast downloads from the Internet but uses your phone line to send information to your email and also the commands you issue that require that your PC send instructions.
The second type, the most costly and fastest of all for home use, requires a transmitter located at your location that provides both downloads and uploads (stuff you are sending somewhere) via a radio signal that is sent to the satellite and then transferred back down to ground stations.
There are other connections available at much higher cost primarily for businesses, the most common of which is the T1 line that exceeds the speeds of the others by many times and uses a dedicated line reserved for the users purposes.
I don't know what version of Windows you are using but on the Control Panel, the 'Network Setup Wizard' is useful for some types of connections, others can be set up via 'Network Connections' or 'Internet Options.'
Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) should have a phone number to help you use the service. Your ISP might be AOL, Netzero, etc. and they may have a semiautomatic setup program to help you to start.
It is apparent that you do have some kind of service but if it is either not set up correctly or simply too slow to avoid 'time outs,' you may have problems not easily solved.
I use a 'real time' conncection speed monitor called 'NetStat Live' to watch the quality of my lousy dialup connection so I can dis- and re-connect if I get a particularly slow connection. You can download it free from:
It is not completely free of glitches but works well enough and tells me what I need to know.
Don't worry, all this stuff will be 'old hat' after you have dealt with it once or twice :-)
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