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How to Hook Up DSL & Cable Internet

by Greyson Ferguson
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DSL and cable Internet provide some of the fastest connection speeds available to the at home user. Although the method of bringing the Internet signal into the home or office is different, both connections hook up to your computer in the exact same way, allowing you to easily install a DSL Internet connection if you have done so with cable Internet before (or vice versa).

Step 1

Connect the coaxial cable into the cable "In" port built into the wall. This is where the cable signal enters your home. If using an Ethernet cable connect it to the Ethernet port built into the wall. It looks similar to a phone jack, however the port is slightly wider. If you live in an older home that doesn't have this connection you can obtain a phone line to Ethernet adapter from your Internet provider, typically free of charge.

Step 2

Attach the opposite end of the coaxial cable into the "In" port on the cable modem. If using a DSL modem plug the Ethernet cable into the "WAN" port on the modem.

Step 3

Insert a second Ethernet cable into one of the "Out" ports on either the DSL or cable modem. Plug the opposite end of the cable into the Ethernet port on the computer.

Step 4

Look on the bottom of the modem for the activation URL. It may also be included in the paperwork that came with your router or modem. Launch your Internet browser and type the complete URL into the search bar and press "Enter." This loads the activation page for the DSL or cable modem.

Type in "admin" for both username and password. Type in a new username and password if you wish to change it, then check off that you are using the Internet connection at home (or the office). Check off if you are using the connection in conjunction with a wireless router and click "Save." This saves your configuration and you are ready to access the Web.

Items you will need

  • DSL/Cable modem
  • Ethernet cable(s)
  • Coaxial cable

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