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Setting Up An Internet At Home (For Beginners)


The first step in setting up internet at home includes: 



1. Choose Your Internet Service Provider (ISP)


The first step in getting internet access where you live is selecting the right internet service provider (ISP). In most countries (at least in the U.S.), you usually have a few options, but often only one company is available for each option. This may not be the case in metro areas where there’s more competition.


The following are the types of internet service providers you have to select from which includes: 


Digital Subscriber Line (DSL): Digital Subscriber Line is provided through your local phone service company.


Cable Broadband:  In most cases offered through the local cable company.


Fiber Optic Broadband:  Fiber Optic Broadband is offered by your cable company and other local internet providers.


Wireless: Wireless is often provided by cellular phone companies.


Satellite: Cable offered by satellite or internet companies like DISH or local internet providers.


Dedicated Leased Line: A fixed bandwidth connection dedicated to only your internet connection. A leased-line is usually very expensive and used by larger companies for their office internet connections. Searching for available companies in your area that provide these internet services can feel overwhelming, but there are a few ways you can do this.



2. Install and Set Up Your Router/Modem


Immediately you’ve signed up for a fiber optic internet connection, the modem will include GPON data transfer technology. In some cases, some ISPs may allow you to purchase your own modem and avoid a monthly rental fee. In most cases, ISPs require you to use their specific supplied brand of modem and include the monthly fee for it in your bill.


Once your modem is delivered, setting it up for your home internet connection is very easy. The modem should be placed near the port in your home that provides the internet service, this might be the cable outlet, the phone outlet, or near a window in the case of satellite internet.


The phone should be connected,  place the fiber optic, or cable port on your modem to the appropriate outlet in your home.

Use the specific power adapter to connect your modem to a nearby power outlet.

Immediately your modem is powered on, you need to call your ISP to confirm that they can connect to your modem and that it has an active internet connection.



3. Connect Your WiFi Router to the Modem


Once you have an internet modem in your home that’s connected to the internet, your only remaining task is to connect to that internet connection with all your devices.


There are very few options, irrespective of the modem type. Should in case the modem is WiFi-enabled, then it’s also a WiFi router and it’ll produce an internal WiFi network that you can connect to with devices in your home.


The following steps below are used to connect your modem to your router and enable your in-home WiFi network.




The first step is to:


1. Connect an ethernet cable from the Internet port on your modem to the Internet port on your WiFi router.


2. Power up the DSL/Cable/Satellite modem and wait until all lights are on and the Internet light is on.


3. Switch on  the WiFi router and wait until the Internet light is on.


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