Many Internet service providers, or ISPs, provide high-speed Internet through cable or DSL modems. While some of these ISPs rent or lease modems to customers, others provide users with the opportunity to purchase their own modems and set them up with the ISP's Internet service. Some customers choose to purchase their own DSL or cable modem, but simply having a high-speed modem connected to a line does not establish a functional Internet connection. In order to use the Internet, you need to purchase Internet service.
Connecting to the Internet
Pick a DSL or cable service provider. While cable companies package cable Internet with other services like wireless phone service, television and even home phone plans, DSL will generally package its service with home phone plans and satellite television. Choose a plan that suits your needs and your budget.
Install the DSL or cable modem following the instructions provided to you by your ISP. Generally, the installation of the DSL modem includes connecting a traditional phone cord from the phone outlet in your wall to the back of the DSL modem, then connecting the power cord to the DSL modem and waiting at least 30 seconds for the modem to power up. Installing a cable modem requires the user to connect a cable line to the back of the cable modem and then connecting the power cord to the modem and waiting at least 30 seconds for the unit to power up.
Activate the Internet connection by following the instructions provided by the ISP, or let a certified Internet technician from your ISP establish the Internet connection to your home. Some ISPs will allow you to set up an account and connect to their service through your home computer, while others will send a technician to your home in order to establish the connection and get your home network running.
- DSL modems connect a user with the Internet though their home phone lines. Unlike other high-speed Internet connections, DSL utilizes the unused bandwidth of the copper phone lines without interfering with regular phone service. Cable modems connect users to the Internet through a specialized cable brought into the house from the outside. No matter which high-speed service you choose, you will still be required to purchase a monthly Internet service plan through an ISP to gain access to the Internet.
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