DSL is a digital subscriber line allowing computers, mobile devices and office equipment to connect with the Internet within your home or office. DSL is a relatively new technology, introduced less than a decade ago. DSL provides for a secure, high-speed Internet connection allowing fast downloads of media files and websites. Although there are a variety or major competitors in the DSL provider marketplace, setup for DSL Internet service is basically the same from carrier to carrier.
Locate an Ethernet cable, provided in the DSL setup kit provided by your DSL company. Plug one end of the cable into an Ethernet wall outlet. If your home does not have an Ethernet outlet, you can substitute a phone cord for Steps 1 and 2.
Plug the other end of your Ethernet cable into the port labeled "WAN" (wide area network) on your DSL modem.
Locate your second Ethernet cable. Plug one end of the cable into the port labeled "LAN" (local area network) of your DSL modem.
Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into your computer. Typically there is only one port on your computer where the Ethernet cable will fit, known as the "Networking Port."
Turn on your computer. Click the "Start" button, opening your programs menu.
Locate the Control Panel in the column to the right of the menu. Click on "Network and Internet." In the next window choose the first option at the top of the page, click on "Network and Sharing Center."
Under the heading "Change Your Network Settings" click on "Set up a connection or network." A new window will open which reads "Choose a connection option." The option for "Connect to the Internet" will be automatically highlighted. Click "Next" at the bottom of the page.
Wait a couple of minutes as your computer configures your DSL setup establishing the initial communication. Your Internet browser will open automatically.
- You can connect additional electronic devices simultaneously with the aid of a wireless router.
- DSL requires an operating system of Windows 98 or newer.
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