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Wireless Dsl Modems - Installing And Maintaining Wireless DSL Modems

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Wireless DSL modems are incredibly common and relatively inexpensive. They are usually very easy to install (under the right conditions) and will last a very long time if well maintained.

Almost all wireless DSL modems are actually combined with routers. A router is a device that allows more than one computer to use a single internet connection. A wireless router will allow any device in your home with a WiFi card to connect to the internet.

In order to install a wireless DSL modem/router, you will need to have your service set up already with your phone company or internet provider. They will either send you a modem, or you will need to go out and purchase one.

If you are purchasing your own modem, make sure that you find out what type of network your provider is using because you will need a modem that supports this type of network in order to work. Simply call your provider and ask. Also ask if they recommend a specific brand of modem for their service.

Installing the wireless modem/router is usually very easy.

Since a DSL line uses the same jack that your phone uses, you are usually provided with a ‘splitter’ which will allow you to plug two jacks into the one outlet. You should also have received a decoder/descrambler to hook into your normal telephone to adjust for the new DSL signal that will be constantly coming in on the line.

Plug the DSL cable into the back of the wireless modem. Depending on the type of wireless modem you purchased, you may need to have it connected via an Ethernet cable to a single computer- or you may be able to simply detect the signal with a WiFi enabled computer.

Assuming the DSL modem is completely wireless, open your network connections on your computer (again, making sure that you have a WiFi card installed, actived and functioning) and search for nearby signals. The strongest signal will more than likely be your new modem. Click on it to connect.

An alternative method of installation may be that you insert a CD/DVD provided by your DSL provider or the modem’s manufacturer. In this case, just follow the prompts on the screen to set up your new modem.

One step that few auto-installations or instruction manuals go over is how to password protect your new wireless DSL modem. Once your modem is connected to the internet and receiving signals, if not password protected, anyone within range can simply pick up your signal and use your internet connection.

If you have the instruction manual for your modem, see if it provides instructions on how to set a password (also called a WEP key). The instructions, location and passwords are different for each brand of modem, so there is no uniform way to do this. It involves going to a ’website’ address which is really your new DSL modem/router and accessing the options menus with factory installed passwords that you can later change.

Once set up, remember that your wireless DSL modem does require some maintenance. Dusting is important because the modem will attract dust and that could possibly get inside through unused jacks and shorten the life of the device.

You will also want to occasionally turn the router off and let it rest. This is best done overnight, if you do not already turn it off regularly when not in use. Occasionally done, this will help to prevent damage from overheating and keep the modem working well by clearing internal memory and buffers.

Finally, in the case of severe storms, you may want to unplug the modem. In some cases, there can be a surge of electricity that could damage the modem permanently. You should always have your computer equipment plugged into surge protectors, but the electrical surge may travel along the DSL line as well, so you may want to unplug that too.

Properly cared for and installed, a wireless DSL modem or router can last for a decade or more.

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