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Re: connecting dsl modem to dell latitude laptop
If your DSL modem does not have a phone port or if it has one but it's bigger it's not a phone port, it's called an Ethernet port. Most of the DSL modems/routers they have an Ethernet port. This is how it looks like click here. If this the port that you have on your modem, the cable that is also in the picture is what you should be using to get the laptop connected to the modem. The cable is called an Ethernet cable. And your laptop must also have this ethernet port.
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Maybe the laptop is configured by default to look for a wireless signal through its wifi drivers, or a different previously installed modem. Go to your Computer/Control Panel/Network Sharing Center and set up a new connection there so your computer knows what to do.
Ensure that your AT&T DSL
self-installation kit is complete. At minimum, it should contain a DSL
modem, an AC adapter, an Ethernet cable, a telephone cable, several
telephone filters and an installation CD.
Install the telephone filters on each telephone jack that you
have a phone plugged into. Install a dual phone adapter on the jack
closest to your computer if you have an answering or fax machine,
telephone or analog modem in the same room. Then plug your telephone
equipment into the filters. Connect the telephone cable that was
provided with your installation kit into an unfiltered telephone jack.
Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive. If the
installation program does not start automatically, click Start > Run
> and browse to the CD-ROM drive directory to find the installation
Connect the telephone cable that is attached to the
unfiltered wall jack to the back of the DSL modem. Connect the Ethernet
cable to the back of the modem and to the Ethernet network interface
card port on the back of your computer. Connect the AC adapter to the
back of the modem and plug it into an electrical outlet. Power the modem
Check the modem lights. There should be at least two lights
lit. These will have labels such as "Power" and "Ethernet." However,
these labels may differ depending on the model of modem you received in
your installation kit.
Complete the software installation. Enter your chosen
username and password when prompted. Check your modem to see if the
light labeled "DSL" or "Internet" is lit. Open a web browser window to
see if your DSL service has been successfully installed.
You have probably not installed the drivers required for the wireless adapter. Go to Dell website and search for your model's drivers. Look for wireless adapter drivers.
Please also check that your wireless adapter is on. Some laptops have a switch on the front side of the laptop to turn the wireless on or off. On other laptops is the combination of the Fn key and one of the F1-12 keys.
I imagine you are connecting up to the DSL service for the first time with a phone company -- the DSL service has a help desk that can lead you through the process.
Whether or not this is the first connection, the computer being attached to the connection needs to assure it is configured to accept a dynamic IP address on the network adapter plugged into the device to enable it to work.
If this is the first time I have been through the setup process myself and the DSL provider's representative did a great job for me, If yours is the same as mine setting up to use a single machine requires activating your circuit and creating and storing the userid and password into the modem to allow you to use the DSL Service. There are some additional steps if you have a router and my provider's agent even walked me through configuring the router to attach to their equipment allowing me to attach multiple computers.
If your provider does not help you setup a router and you have one and want to after the first machine is setup provide me with the website for your service providers help/support site and the make and model of your router and I will try to provide you the steps to connect them.