Nowadays, most people can hardly remember what their lives were like without the internet. What did they do when they needed to look up a phone number or search for directions? How did they communicate with friends and relatives? Where did they look up facts and get their news. It’s hard to believe that even twenty years ago, the internet was confined to scientists and few technology junkies. Today, our computers are our gateways to the internet and its multi-fold opportunities for researching, networking, and socializing. Getting onto the internet in the first place couldn’t be easier, especially if you are using the ADSL routers.
Depending on where you are and to whom you speak, ADSL routers are either known by that name or as DSL modems. It is really a matter of semantics to all but the technical expert. Both are devices that allow your computer to hook up to the internet using the existing infrastructure in your house, in this case, your phone line.
You will not want to use the net if you have to wait more than twenty seconds for any given page to load. This was definitely the case with older internet modems, known as dial up or voiceband modems. They operated at speeds of fifty-six kilobits per second or less.
In addition to their incredible speed, ADSL routers also allow you to use your telephone while on the internet, another feature that was not previous available in dial up modems.
The high end would truly be considered lightning speed. You should be able to watch any type of video online that you want to and have all but the most graphic heavy webpages (think luxury car sites) load in an instant.
Additionally, ADSL routers connect you to the internet through the existing infrastructure in your home, but in such a way that it does not interfere with anything else you want to do. More specifically, in order to power your router, you need to plug it into an outlet; it doesn’t draw so much power that it will short your wiring.
All you need to do is make sure that you DSL filters are enabled when you are installing your router to ensure that this service works properly.
The initial installation of an ASDL router can be a little tricky, but nothing that you can’t accomplish with a good set of directions or tech support from your teenage son or neighbor. Some newer computers that have a fast CPU will have an internal ADSL router. If this is the case, your operating platform (e. G. Windows) will have the tools to provide you with an easy to use interface through which you can use the router to connect to the net. If your router is external, you will need to plug it into a power source. You will also plug it into your computer, generally with a USB cable and into a phone jack. There will then be instructions on how to open a web page and configure your ADSL router. You should find the whole process takes less than an hour and soon you’ll be zipping through the internet with speeds you never thought possible.