How do I connect to the Internet?

Before connecting to the Internet you must determine how you're going to connect to the Internet. Are you going to be connecting to the Internet using a modem or a broadband Internet connection? Below is additional information about each of these connections and how to get connected with them.

Connecting to the Internet with a modem
Connecting to the Internet with a broadband connection

Connecting to the Internet with a modem

Connecting to the Internet using a computer modem is the most widely available method of connecting to the Internet. Although connecting to the Internet with a modem is a much cheaper solution, it will be a much slower connection. If you plan on doing more than the occasional web surfing and reading and sending e-mail, you should consider broadband.

To connect to the Internet using a modem, your computer must have a modem and be in reach of being connected to your home phone line. Almost every computer today will come included with a modem, although many computer manufacturers are not including modems because of the increased popularity of broadband connections.

Once you've verified your computer is compatible with connecting to the Internet, you'll need to determine who you're going to connect to the Internet through. In order to connect to the Internet you're going to need to have an Internet Service Provider (ISP). In most areas you'll be able to connect to the Internet either using a local ISP, which is a company in your city that makes its business by selling Internet connections, or you may want to consider a large ISP such as AOL and MSN, which is a large, International company with locations all over the United States and the world.

Check your local listings for available companies capable of providing you with you with an Internet connection and talk with your friends or family to see who they use and like to connect to the Internet.

Connecting to the Internet with a broadband connection

Connecting to the Internet over broadband is becoming a popular solution for connecting to the Internet. Broadband is a much faster solution for connecting to the Internet when compared to a modem and allows you to do more exciting things on the Internet, such as watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and have a much more enjoyable experience loading web pages without having to wait for each page to load.

Unfortunately, however, this service, even today, is not available in all areas. Therefore, before getting this service, you must first determine if it is available in your area. Most broadband services are provided by your local phone companies or cable companies. Contact your local service providers to see if they have a broadband service available in your area.

If the broadband service is available in your area, the company will often provide you with the hardware required in order to connect to their service which connects either to a Network card (RJ-45 connector), USB connection, or wirelessly over Wi-Fi.