If we were to find one thing in the world that the majority of Americans agreed upon, it would be the fact that the internet has become a necessity in today’s world. Regardless of social class, race, religion, political views, and several other differences in beliefs, there is one thing we all use joyfully for our own purposes, and that is the internet. Some may use it more than others but I do not think there is anyone in the modern world who can say that they do not need it at all.
The internet has become such an integrated part of our lives but still many of us do not know how to set it up properly on our own. If you ask me, I think this should be taught in schools, as we have to start dealing with these things quite early in our lives now. Gone are the days when we had to look through rows of books to search for information for our homework. Everything is online now.
We know that schools would not teach us how to set up our internet connections, so we have to learn on our own. It is not a very complicated process and is usually the same for the majority of the providers. So, it does not matter if you have an internet subscription with Spectrum, AT&T, or Xfinity, they all have almost the same procedure to set up.
Let us look at these steps below so that you can start using your internet service with zero hassles and without spending extra money on professional installation.
Setup the Modem and Router
Regardless of the internet service provider, you subscribe to, you will need a modem and Wi-Fi router to access the internet on all your devices. All providers will offer company equipment for a small monthly charge and some may allow you to use your own equipment if you want, as long as it is compatible with the provider’s internet service. However, personal equipment is usually not covered for technical support.
- Look for the cable outlet or the phone jack in the house. It should be on one of the walls. Plugin the coaxial cable or the telephone line to the jack. We are talking about both DSL and Cable internet connections here so you can follow whatever applies to you. Plugin the other end of the cable or line into the CABLE IN or RF IN port you will find on the back of the modem.
- Take the Ethernet cable from the provided equipment box and plug it into the LAN jack also known as the Ethernet Port on your respective modem. The other end will go into your computer’s LAN port. This step is required if you plan to set up a wired connection. Otherwise, skip this step.
- If you want to set up a Wi-Fi connection, then take the Wi-Fi Router and plug the other end into the relevant port of the router instead. This step is not required in the case of a 2-in-1 gateway.
- Once all the above-mentioned cables are in place, you can plug in the power cord of your modem to switch on the device. The modem’s lights will start blinking. Wait for them to stabilize, which may take up to 2 minutes.
- You’ll be able to use your connection once the lights have stabilized and the modem has established a connection to the world wide web in case of a wired connection. If you are establishing a wireless network, there is another step involved.
- Turn on the Wi-Fi facility on your device and look for your router’s name. Click CONNECT on the respective network and enter the Wi-Fi key you can find on the back of your router. Once you input the correct key and hit ENTER you will be connected to the world wide web for endless opportunities.
Check Internet Connection
This is the last and the simplest step of all. Open your favorite browser and try to run a Google search for something. If the results come through, your internet is working perfectly. Otherwise, you will see a no internet notification. In which case, you may contact your internet service provider for help.