Many broadband internet providers, including DSL providers, now send customers home installation kits rather than sending a professional installer into your home to configure your system. The benefit of this is a reduced cost to the company, which is passed on to the customer in the form of a lower setup fee when establishing new service. For those unfamiliar with computer systems, the setup can be confusing and frustrating. Fortunately, companies now usually ship components that are already configured and retrieve account settings automatically. Getting your computer system up and running with your broadband DSL service is a quick and easy process.
Connect the DSL modem you received from your ISP to the phone outlet in the wall. This is done with a standard telephone cable. The jack on the back of the modem will be clearly labeled as input, wall, DSL or Internet, depending on the manufacturer.
Connect your telephone, if you also have phone service, to the phone jack on the back of the modem, which is also clearly labeled for the phone. With DSL service you can be online and on your phone at the same time without interruption.
Plug your DSL modem's power cord into the wall. The modem will establish a connection with your service provider and exchange necessary account settings to connect your service. Lights on the front of the modem will indicate when the service is connected. The light placement and look will vary by manufacturer, so consult your modem documentation if their meaning is not apparent.
Connect your DSL modem to your computer using a standard Ethernet cable. The jack again will be clearly labeled "Ethernet" on the back of your DSL modem, as well as on the back of your computer. On most systems, you will now be able to access the Internet.
Insert the installation disc in your computer if necessary. Not all service providers require the running of an installation and configuration program, but some do. If yours does, then follow the prompts on the screen after inserting the disc to complete your installation.
- If you're using a wireless router to connect all your computers to the Internet, plug the Ethernet cable from the DSL modem into the "WAN" or "Internet" port on the back of your router.
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