Technology Networking & Internet

How to Access the Internet & DSL Cable Satellite

    • 1). Contact the Internet service providers in your area and scope out their pricing. Generally, phone companies such as AT&T and Qwest provide DSL, cable companies such as Time Warner and Comcast provide cable, and satellite TV companies such as DirecTV or Internet companies provide satellite. However, in some markets, stand alone Internet service providers provide all three types of Internet connection. Usually, when you move into a new area, you'll receive advertisements for cable, satellite and telephone companies that provide service. If you aren't sure where to find service, ask your neighbors, friends and relatives where they get their Internet, and pay attention to written advertisements and posted flyers for companies in your area. You might also contact companies you know of that you've used in the past to see if they provide service in your area.

    • 2). Decide which type of service you would like. Because the United States is so vast, and there is such a difference between the technologies from place to place, DSL, cable and satellite Internet can be comparable when it comes to Internet speeds and prices. Generally, cable is fastest. But, this depends on the type of connection and modem that the cable company provides. Generally, DSL is the second fastest, and satellite is the slowest of the three. However, due to expanding markets and changing equipment, you can find different levels of Internet speeds all across the country. In some locations you might be able to find a cheaper DSL or a cheaper cable or satellite, or you might find a DSL that runs faster than the other two, or vice versa. So talk to the companies to decide which is going to be the most affordable for you and give you the best service. Cable, DSL and satellite are always changing, but they are faster than a dial-up connection.

    • 3). Call and sign up for Internet service from the company you’ve chosen for DSL, cable or satellite service. You can usually find their phone numbers in advertisements or by calling information. You can also look online for phone numbers.

    • 4). Wait for the installation technicians to connect the Internet source to your home. In some situations, such as some DSL hook ups, the company can send you an installation disk and packet, as well as a box of hardware, and you can hook up the service on your own. If you choose this option, be sure you are computer savvy and read the directions you get very carefully.

    • 5). Plug your modem (provided by the technicians) into the Internet source. Connect a router if you are using one. Usually you will use CAT5 cable or ethernet cable for the connection.

    • 6). Plug your computer into the Internet source and enjoy surfing the Internet.

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