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How To Install Cable,Dls,And Dialup Modems Fast
Otis F. Cooper
|When you want to access the Internet,you want to
have the fastest Modem connection possible.And
the dialup modem will do if you want just email
The faster cable or dsl are a must have for such
internet downloads of large files,super faster web
page access,and viewing videos online.
Installing your new modem,whether its dialup,dsl,
or cable,it can be a breeze when you both make
the installation an education experience as well
as having fun in the process.
For this to happen,you must be prepared with the
right equipment.This article has links to videos
and photos to help do just that.High speed modems
will need an ethernet card in most cases,for example.
Let's take a deep down look at what it will take to
get a new Internal or External modem up and
running in your computer.
While we're at it,we will see what it takes to install
a cable or dsl modem as well.These modems are
always external but will need a couple for parts in
order to get that fast internet speed.
CONNECT THE MODEM TO THE COMPUTER
When installing your Modem,first right down the
serial number for use should you need to contact
External modems are connected to the computer
with the RS232 cable.This cable is connected to
the rear of the system at the serial port and the
modem itself.Some modems will have this cable
as a part of the modem.
Internal modems are inserted in an expansion
slot on the motherboard,unless its intergrated
with the motherboard.
Provide power to the external modem with the use
of the adapter that with the modem.Internal modems
get their power from the expansion slot right on the
After the modem has been installed,both the external
and internal modem must be connected to the analog
phone line.Plug one end of the phone cord to the jack
labeled Line on the modem and the other into the
phone jack.You can then connect your telephone to
the phone jack on the modem.
INSTALL MODEM SOFTWARE
Now you can replace the system unit cover if you
are installing an internal modem.And after all
peripherals are re-connected to the computer,
boot the computer.
With external modems,simply turn the computer
and modem on.See if the power indicator is on.
If you have Windows 98 installed,insert the floppy
disk or cdrom containing the device driver into
the appropriate drive when the "add new hardware"
screen appears.Follow the instructions on the disk
to install the device driver.
Be sure to read the modem install manual carefully
to be sure all installation procedures were followed.
Click on fininsh once Windows find and install the
Users of Windows XP have an updated list of device
drivers which may be present.Its best to use the disk
when installing the software.
TEST YOUR NEW MODEM
The device driver allow your modem to talk to your
computer.To see if the modem is working,click on
Start,Settings,Control Panel,and click the Modems
Read the description of the modem to be sure it
is the one you have.
Windows XP users should click on Start,Control
Panel,and click the Phone and Modems icon.
Then click Modem,Properties,and Diagnostics.
Run a Query Modem check to verify your modem
is up and running.
INSTALLING A CABLE OR DSL MODEM
Cable Modems are external and are connected to
the computer by a Cat5 Cable.This cables looks
like a regular modem data cable but is larger.
One end of the Cat5 Cable is inserted into the
rear of the cable modem while the other end is
inserted into a Network Interface Card.
This NIC card must be installed in an empty adapter
slot in the system unit and transfer data between
the computer and modem.
With the Cat5 cable connecting the modem and PC
together,you must provide the Internet signal to the
modem by connecting a coail cable to the modem.
This cable provides high speed internet access and
may use the same connection as your television.
One end of the coaxial cable connects to the modem
and the other is connected the cable TV connector.
If the connection is being used by the TV,a cable
adapter will split the signals and you can use one
connector for both your TV and the Internet.
DSL Modems also use the NIC card and Cat5 cable.
Some DSL modem require device drivers and either
a cdrom or diskette should come with the modem.
Once you connect to the Internet with a cable or dsl
modem,you'll most likely never go back to the slower
Onthe other hand,you just may want to keep your dialup
modem once you realize just how much more you're
going to invest when it comes to broadband Internet.
Since the choice is yours,learn all you can about all
modems,how they work,and how they connect to the
world wide web.Your internet experience will grow
by leaps and bounds if you do.
About the Author
Otis F. Cooper is solely dedicated to boosting the
knowledge and confidence of every computer user
that is serious about knowing computers.Use his
informative articles and videos to understand every
aspect about the PC. Read more about his formula
for pc training at http://www.ultimatepcrepair.com