How To Install an External Modem

People now live in a world where it pays to be connected—to the Internet, that is. Truly the Internet has changed the way we communicate with one another and transact business. Hardly any computer can get connected to the Internet without either an internal modem, modem chipset, voice modem, radio modem, or rockwell modem. Nowadays, most people use external modems for their desktop computers. They are great and convenient choices in most instances, because they are often cheap and easy to install. Installation of external modems is easy, because you do not have to do the tiresome task of opening your computer case to insert them in a slot on your computer’s motherboard. Internal modems are only used in few special instances that will require this tiresome task. This task can be avoided by using an external modem. Now that you know the ups of using an external modem, you are more than ready to learn how to install an external modem. There’s no need to worry even if you are not a computer whiz. A basic know-how on computers is enough. All you need to do is to follow these steps:

  1. Get all your materials ready. It is time consuming to not have everything you need at hand to get this task, or any task for that matter, done. You need your external modem and its accessories, a phone and the computer you want to install the modem to. The modem should come with the instruction, a CD or an installation diskette manual, cable, power adaptor, and phone cord.
  2. Turn off the computer. The last thing you want is to get electrocuted.
  3. Remove the keyboard, mouse and all the  attached external devices.
  4. Attach one of the ends of the modem cable to the computer’s serial port. The serial port a wide, 25-pin connector. For Mac computers, this is a small round port etched with the a telephone icon. Attach the cable’s other end to the modem.
  5. Connect one of the ends of the modem to the phone cord. Look for the port that has a “wall” or “line” marked on it. Attach the other end to the phone line’s wall jack. If your modem shares the phone line with something else, connect the phone cord to the modem port marked “phone.”
  6. Now turn on and start your computer and modem. Switch on the  modem. Check if the light goes up.
  7. After starting your computer, install the diskette or software installation CD by inserting it into the CD drive. Select the drive, then the installation program to run the program. Follow software installation instructions prompted, if there are any.
  8. Run the applications if the installation software has test applications, see if the modem works properly. Then connect to the Internet.
  9. Read the instructional manual in the modem’s package for any other details not found here. Choose the type of Internet connection that will be used, such as Dial-up or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). Remember that the preferences should be set up before you launch the Web browsers.

Now that you know how to install an external modem, you are all set to explore the web again as you please. Happy surfing!


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