How To Install a Wireless DSL

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) allows for the transmission of data exchange along the Internet using conventional telephone lines that are directly connected to the subscriber's box. This technology provides for high speed Internet access that is an add-on service offered by the telecommunications company and requires an additional payment from the end user. By using additional hardware components, this technology can be deployed in such a way that it will allow more computers simultaneous access to high speed Internet connections either via wireless or hard-wired configuration. The effective transmission speed (subscribed speed) however will be divided among currently active machines that are simultaneously surfing the Web which may lead to some degree of slowdown for all clients.

Materials Needed:
- Computer
- Modem
- Wireless router
- Internet connection
- Web browser
- Network Interface Card
- Ethernet cable
Step 1
The first thing you need to do is to look for a communications provider that offers DSL service and subscribe to it.
Step 2
Since most DSL packages only include a DSL modem, you may need to purchase separately a wireless router to allow for Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) access. The modem alone will allow only one computer access to the Internet.
Step 3
Once the DSL service has been activated by the ISP (Internet Service Provider), you are now ready to setup your wireless DSL connection. Make sure that the computer, wireless router, and modem are all unplugged from any power source.
Step 4
Take the modem, plug it into the wall socket and power it up. Leave it for about two minutes or so to detect the signal from the ISP and to be identified by the ISP's network as active.
Step 5
Take an Ethernet cable and plug one end into the port of the DSL modem. Put the other end into the WAN port of the wireless router. This will create the bridge from the modem to the wireless router.
Step 6
Plug in the wireless router into the wall socket and turn it on. Allow some time for both devices to detect each other and acquire the proper signals. Take note of the indicator lights in the front panel of the wireless router. The Internet indicator light should be on by now.
Step 7
Once the wireless router and the modem have properly 'talked' to each other, take another Ethernet cable and connect one end into the NIC (Network Interface Card) port of the computer. This is usually located at the back panel or side panel of the machine. The other end of the Ethernet cable should go into one of the ports at the back panel of the wireless router. An indicator light corresponding to the port should light up in the front panel of the wireless router.
Step 8
Connect the computer to an electrical source and power it on. Load the CD driver that comes with the package of the wireless router to configure the device automatically and properly.
Step 9
After completion of the configuration process, launch the Web browser and surf the Internet. Take a laptop computer and connect to the network wirelessly to verify the wireless DSL connection.