What will I need to establish DSL service?

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Establishing DSL Internet service

Things you will need to establish DSL service:

  • Telephone line – You can use your existing phone line; you do not need a separate dedicated line.
  • DSL modem – The modem is normally provided (leased) by your ISP, but can also be purchased at a computer or electronics store.
  • Ethernet card or USB connection – Most modems can use either, but ethernet is¬†usually the best option.
  • DSL ISP¬† – Most major telephone companies offer DSL service.

When looking for a DSL provider, it may be better to choose a national carrier with an established reputation and known reliability. Also, watch out for the following items that can end up costing you more.

Installation costs – Some DSL companies send you any necessary equipment or software and provide easy instructions for installation. Other ISP’s, however, may charge you for an installation technician to come to your home to set up your service. Take these things into account when choosing a DSL provider.

Cancellation fees – Some DSL providers may want you to sign an annual contract. If you choose to do so, make sure you understand the ramifications of early cancellation. If at all possible, locate a DSL provider that offers month-to-month service with no long-term commitment.

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