Connecting to the Internet

Connecting to the Internet
Connecting to the Internet

How do I connect to the Internet?-After you set up your computer, you can purchase home Internet access to send and receive email, browse the Web, stream videos, and more. You may even want to set up a home wireless network, commonly known as Wi-Fi, to connect multiple devices to the Internet at the same time.

Types of Internet Services.

The type of Internet service you choose will largely depend on which Internet service providers (ISPs) serve your area, as well as the types of services they offer. Here are some common types of Internet services.

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Dial-up: This is generally the slowest type of Internet connection, and you should probably avoid it unless it’s the only service available in your area. Dial-up Internet uses your phone line, so unless you have multiple phone lines, you won’t be able to use a landline phone and the Internet at the same time.
DSL: DSL service uses a broadband connection, which makes it much faster than dial-up access. DSL connects to the Internet through a phone line, but doesn’t require you to have a landline phone in your home. And unlike dial-up access, you can use the Internet and your phone line at the same time.
Cable TV: Cable TV connects to the Internet through cable TV, although you don’t have to have cable to get it. It uses a broadband connection and can be faster than dial-up and DSL service; however, it is only available where cable TV is available.

Connecting to the Internet
Connecting to the Internet

Satellite: Satellite uses broadband but does not require cable or telephone lines; it connects to the Internet through satellites orbiting the Earth. As a result, it can be used almost anywhere in the world, but connections can be affected by weather conditions. Satellite connections are also usually slower than DSL or cable.
3G and 4G: 3G and 4G services are most often used with cell phones, and they connect wirelessly through your ISP’s network. However, these types of connections are not always as fast as DSL or cable. They will also limit the amount of data you can use each month, which is not the case with most broadband plans.

Choosing an Internet Service Provider

Now that you know about the different types of Internet services, you can do some research to find out which ISPs are available in your area. If you’re having trouble getting started, we recommend talking to friends, family members, and neighbors about the ISPs they use. This will usually give you a good idea of the types of Internet services available in your area.

Most ISPs offer several levels of service with different Internet speeds, usually measured in Mbps (short for megabits per second). If you mainly want to use the Internet for e-mail and social networking, you may need a slower connection (2 to 5 Mbps). However, if you want to download music or stream videos, you’ll need a faster connection (at least 5 Mbps or higher).

You’ll also want to consider the cost of the service, including setup fees and monthly fees. Generally speaking, the faster the connection, the more expensive it will cost per month.

Equipment needed Modem

Modem-Once you have a computer, you really don’t need a lot of extra equipment to connect to the Internet. The basic equipment you need is a modem.

The type of Internet access you choose will determine the type of modem you need. Dial-up access uses a telephone modem, DSL service uses a DSL modem, cable access uses a cable modem, and satellite service uses a satellite adapter. Your Internet service provider may provide you with a modem-often for a fee-when you sign a contract, which helps make sure you have the right type of modem. However, if you prefer to buy a better or less expensive modem, you can buy one separately.


wireless router – A router is a hardware device that allows you to connect multiple computers and other devices to a single Internet connection, known as a home network. Many routers are wireless, allowing you to create a wireless home network, commonly known as a Wi-Fi network.

You do not need to buy a router to connect to the Internet. You can connect your computer directly to the modem with an Ethernet cable. In addition, many modems include a built-in router, so you have the option of creating a Wi-Fi network without buying additional equipment.

Setting up your

In-Home Internet Connection Specialist. – Once you choose an Internet service provider, most providers will send a technician to your home to turn on your connection. If not, you should be able to use the instructions provided by your ISP or included with your modem to set up your Internet connection.

Once you have everything set up, you can open your web browser and start using the Internet. If you have any problems connecting to the Internet, you can call the technical support number of your Internet service provider.

Home Network

Home network-If you have several computers at home and want to use them all for Internet access, you can create a home network, also known as a Wi-Fi network. In a home network, all of your devices connect to a router that is connected to a modem. This means that all members of your family can use the Internet at the same time.

A specialist from your Internet service provider can set up your home Wi-Fi network when you install your Internet service. If not, you can view our tutorial on how to set up a Wi-Fi network to learn more.

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