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How to Install and Set Up a DSL Modem

Installing a DSL modem is very similar to setting up a cable modem. The only difference is that DSL uses a telephone line instead of a coaxial cable.

Equipment Required

  1. DSL subscription
  2. DSL modem (follow any specific instructions from manufacturer to configure)
  3. Computer
  4. Power supply
  5. Ethernet cable to connect the modem to your computer
  6. Phone cable
  7. Network Interface Card (NIC) or USB cable
  8. Phone cord
  9. Phone line filters
  10. Phone line splitter (as needed)

Installation Instructions

  1. With your computer off, install filters on every phone that will share the line with your DSL modem; use line splitter only if your computer and phone will share the same jack.
  2. Connect the telephone jack from the wall to the telephone connector on the filter. Then connect the filter to the DSL modem.
  3. Get the Ethernet cable and plug one end to the Ethernet port of your pc's NIC. If your computer doesn't have an NIC, you will need to use the USB cable.
  4. Note: make sure to use the Ethernet cable provided along with the modem or check for any Ethernet cable specifications for the appropriate cable type.

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  5. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your DSL modem.
  6. Plug the power adapter of your DSL modem to a power outlet
  7. Connect the adaptor to the modem's power connector.
  8. Power up the modem
  9. Power up the pc

That's it! By following the steps above you can get your internet connection up and running without any technical assistance.

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