Re: What are the different methods of connecting to a network?
I concur with the above from celegorm. In addition, what type of network are you talking about? Ethernet LAN, 3G, GPRS (mobile), 4G, LTE, WiMAX, WiFi etc.
As celegorm alluded to, there is a significant difference between physically connecting a device to a network (which could be called establishing a connection and thereby satisfying your request) and logically connecting a device to a network. The latter assumes a handshake/authentication procedure, as defined by the protocol of the network to which you're connecting, to permit the device access.