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  • There are lots of reasons to set up a home Internet connection.

  • For example, you'll have access to email, news, shopping, TV shows and much more.

  • And once you have a working Internet connection, you can create a wireless home network, which will let your whole family connect their computers, smartphones and other Internet ready devices.

  • Let's look at a few different types of Internet connections that you can have dial up connects to your phone line.

  • It's usually much slower than other types of Internet connections, but in some areas it may be the only option available.

  • Generally, DSL and cable are better options.

  • DSL plugs into your phone line, and cable uses your cable TV connection.

  • These air, both known as broadband Internet connections because they offer much faster speeds than dial up.

  • This makes it easier toe watch videos, play games or browse the Web.

  • Fiber is the fastest type of broadband currently available.

  • Using fiber optic cables, it can provide speeds that exceed even DSL or cable.

  • However, it may not be available where you live, and it tends to be more expensive.

  • Cellular is sold under a few different names, including 4G, LTE and 5G.

  • They're types of wireless Internet connections, often used by smartphones.

  • But you can also get these types of connections for your home, depending on where you live.

  • A cellular connection may be a good broadband alternative.

  • No matter what kind of Internet service you choose, you'll need to purchase it from an Internet service provider or I S P.

  • Chances are you could buy Internet service from your phone or cable company, or you may want to shop around for a better price.

  • You're I S P will guide you through the entire process of connecting to the Internet.

  • They will usually need to send a technician to your home to turn on your connection.

  • Your ISP may also give you a modem and set it up for you, but if you prefer, you could buy a modem from a computer store and use the included instructions to set it up yourself.

  • These instructions will vary, but the basic idea is that you'll connect the modem to your phone jack or cable TV connection and then connect your computer to the modem using an Ethernet cable.

  • Once you have everything set up, you could open your Web browser and begin using the Internet.

  • If you want to connect several devices to the Internet, you can create a wireless home network, also known as a WiFi network.

  • To do this, you'll need a wireless router, which takes the Internet connection from your modem and broadcasts it throughout your home.

  • Your modem may already have a wireless router built in, so you may not need to buy one to set up your wireless connection.

  • Follow the instructions included with your router, you'll need to choose a network name, also known as an SSID.

  • Also for security, you should turn on WPA2 or WPA3 encryption depending on what your router supports. Then make sure you choose a strong password.

  • After you've set up your wireless network, go into each device's WiFi or network settings,

  • select your network name and type your password.

  • If any of your devices are not wireless ready, you can simply plug them into your router with an Ethernet cable.

  • Or you can purchase a wireless card.

  • Setting up an Internet connection and WiFi network takes a little bit of work, but once you get it set up, your family will be able to use the Internet without being limited to one computer

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There are lots of reasons to set up a home Internet connection.

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Computer Basics: Connecting to the Internet

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/01
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