"Remember the dim and distant past, about five years ago, when
networking was something only big companies and those hopelessly
addicted to computers did? Thanks to plummeting hardware prices,
that's all changed now, and it's common to find LANs (Local Area
Networks) in even the smallest business or home."
"There are many advantages to networking your local
computers. First, having a LAN allows you to easily share and
centralize data -- no more swapping disks or sending bulky e-mails
when you can just save directly to any disk on any machine in your
network. Second, LANs allow everybody in a home or office
environment to share peripheral components like printers, scanners,
and zip drives. Instead of buying a printer for every computer, for
instance, you can buy one excellent printer for all the computers,
get higher quality output, and save money."
"Finally, using Linux, you can hook up your entire LAN to the
Internet through a single connection, save a bundle of money, and
still enjoy excellent performance. All you need is at least one
computer running Linux (the other machines in you LAN can use just
about any OS), a modem, and an Internet service provider. The setup
process is surprisingly easy. In this article, we'll show you how
to do it."
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