Most people have a broadband connection to the Internet these days. Broadband connections are defined by their bandwidth and fall into five categories: cable, ADSL, SDSL, fiber to the premises, and broadband wireless. Any of these types of connections provides high-speed access to the Internet. Each connection requires service from an ISP. If the ISP allows you to connect without having to provide a username and password, such as with cable modem service, you typically don't need to establish a separate broadband connection. Instead, you simply need to connect your computer to the cable modem provided by the cable provider (see Chapter 14 for more details). On the other hand, if your broadband provider requires you to use a username and password it has assigned, you'll need to create a broadband connection that sets the username and password for you.
In the Network and Sharing Center, you can set up a broadband connection by following these steps:
1. Click "Set up a new connection or network." This opens the Set Up a Connection or Network Wizard.
2. In the wizard, click Connect to the Internet, and click the Next button.
3. If your computer has existing connections that could be used to connect to the Internet, you'll see a list of the existing connections. Select "No, create a new connection" and then click Next.
4. The wizard gives you three selections from which to choose. The choices are Wireless, Broadband (PPPoE), and Dial-up. Click Broadband (PPPoE).
5. On the "Type the information . . ." page, shown in Figure 17-14, type the username and password provided by your ISP in the text boxes provided. As necessary, select the "Show characters" checkbox to see your password and verify the correct syntax.
6. Select the "Remember this password" checkbox to save your password for future use.
7. Windows 7 also enables you to share your connection with anyone with access to your computer. If you want other users to have access to this connection, check "Allow other people to use this connection."
8. Click Connect to create the connection and establish a connection to the ISP.
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