Advanced Connections

The unsophisticated internet user just wants to be able to use his personal computer on the internet using a dial-up modem. More sophisticated users will want to:

Running Multiple Computers on a Single Internet Connection

The original design of the Internet assumed that each machine would have unique address, and that these addresses would be assigned in some logically structured manner. When it was discovered that the Internet was so successful that everyone would eventually want to get connected, it became clear that we would run out of addresses, since there are at most 4 biillion unique 32-bit numbers, and there are more people on Earth than that. Today, "personal" users generally do not have a unique address; instead, the service provider's modem that they connect to has a unique address, which the dial-up client borrows for the duration of the connection. This makes it difficult to share the connection between multiple machines.
This article describes the best workaround.

Connecting at High Speeds (without going broke)

The growth of the Internet was driven by the inexpensive high-speed modems made possible by DSPs in the early 1990's, and fueled by the peculiar U.S. tradition of "free" local telephone calls. But after a while, we always want more. In 1999, we can get much faster connections for only a little more money.

High-Speed Data Races Home is a set of articles from Scientific American Magazine (October 1999) discussing what is available.

Connect to Multiple ISPs

Businesses would like to get increased robustness by connecting to more than one Internet Service Provider (ISP). Certainly, most ISPs (excepting the smallest) want to do this. This is actually quite tricky. This article discusses technical issues relating to dual upstream links.
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	Added dual-homing article.
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	Migrated more bookmarks to links in the website.
	Revision 1.1  1999/07/26 14:52:10  lars
	Brought "Connecting to the internet" up to date.