How to Get on to the Internet
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The Internet allows people to communicate and share files with each other. It can also be used as a tool for researching about various topics. The Internet is used by different business entities, government organizations, and institutions to set up websites to provide information to individuals. Information from the Internet is accessible to the public.
- Internet connection
- Network adapter
Select the appropriate ISP (Internet Service Provider) that suits your needs. Choose the Internet access that you need for the environment that you are going to use the Internet in. There are several choices for this. You can choose to have a cable Internet connection, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), Dial-up, or Satellite.
Set up your computer. The setup is usually done by the ISP personnel. If not, connect the cable that comes with the modem to your computer.
Make sure that your computer has a network adapter. This device allows you to connect to the Internet. If you do not have a network adapter installed on your computer, connect the device to the computer and a wizard will appear to guide you. Follow the prompts to install the network adapter.
Once the network adapter has been installed and the cables of the modem and the computer are in place, you can already connect to the Internet.
Restart your computer to make sure that the changes that have been made on the computer were recognized.
Once the computer has completely booted up, turn on your modem and wait for the blinking lights to appear. The blinking lights indicate that a connection has been established.
Test if you can already connect to the Internet. Some ISPs need a password before you can connect to the Internet. This password is provided by the ISP. Click on the 'Start' button on the lower left part of you desktop. Click on 'Connect To' on the menu and choose the name of your ISP. Provide a username and password if prompted.
Open a Web browser window to see if you can establish a connection. To do this, open a Web browser window. Wait for the page to load. Check if you can access different websites by typing different URLs on the address bar of the Web browser. If you do not have access to the Internet, make sure that all the cables on the modem are securely in place and try to connect to the Internet again.