DSL is a type of Internet service that uses a traditional phone cable. Unlike dial-up Internet, which uses the same type of phone line, DSL service is provided through a broadband signal. A DSL data signal features a larger bandwidth than dial-up Internet and phone service. This gives DSL service the capability of substantially faster data transfer speeds when compared to dial-up. To receive the service, you must use a DSL modem to connect to the Internet.
Subscribe to a DSL service package from your local Internet provider. Before you can connect to the Internet, the provider must enable their DSL service for your home. Generally, DSL providers offer free use of one of their modems while you are subscribed to the service. You can also purchase a DSL modem from most computer hardware retailers. Once you subscribe to a service, a technician will come to your home to enable the connection.
Place your DSL modem close to a phone jack and power outlet, as the modem requires a phone line connection and power source. If your modem does not have wireless capability, you will also have to connect the modem directly to your computer via an Ethernet cable. Alternatively, you can connect the modem to a wireless router to create a Wi-Fi network in your home.
Plug a phone cable into the nearest phone jack. Plug the other end of the phone line into the phone jack on the back of the modem. Plug the modem power adapter into an outlet. Most modems feature numerous lights to indicate connectivity. Once your modem is connected and receiving a consistent DSL signal, the connectivity indicator light will remain lit constantly.
Plug an Ethernet cable into the first Ethernet jack on the back of the modem. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into your computer. Alternatively, you can hook this Ethernet cable into a router. Routers feature numerous Ethernet ports. Additionally, some routers offer wireless connectivity so that you can connect any Wi-Fi enabled device without a cable connection to the modem or router. When you first connect to a wireless router, you will be required to create a network name and password. Enter this name and password into your computer's wireless connectivity settings to access the network.
Install any software on your computer that your Internet service provider requires. Many service providers do not require any specialized software. However, some providers will supply you with a CD that contains software required to connect to their network. Insert the CD into your computer disc drive and follow all of the on-screen instructions to install the software. Once the software installs, open your computer's Internet browser. You should now be able to connect to the Internet. If you receive an error message or other connectivity issues, contact your Internet service provider to ensure your DSL service is properly activated.
- If you experience connectivity issues after your DSL service is set up properly, unplug the modem's power cable for about one minute then reconnect it. This resets the ISP address used by the modem, which often fixes connectivity issues.
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