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How to connect to internet

I am almost completelly computer-illiterate (just enough to think I know what I'm doing) but I really thought this computer was ready-to-go like the company said. I don't even understand how to make an internet connection with it! All I have where I live is dial-up;but I don't even see a phone connection on the back of this thing. So how would one go about it? I am really embarassed to even admit to this...

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    linda Jun 16, 2008

    Thanks to both answers, that was fast, too! I live out in the Arizona desert, we do have satellite t.v. but they don't do computer connection..yet. It is a KPC Shuttle K4500, I thought it would be great for my mother-in-law, she rarely uses the computer, just for e-mails, a little surfing, maybe solitaire , and all these, very little. It has Foresight Linux OS, Intel Celeron processor, 512 MB memory (upgradable) Intel 945GC chipset, Intel Graphics 1 VGA output, 80 GB hard drive 5.1 HD Audio Internet- 10 MB/s 100 MB/s 1 GB/s . On the back, 1 PCI slot 1 keybrd 1 mouse, 1 Gigabit LAN port 1 serial port 1 d-sub port 4 USB 2.0 ports, front-out connector printer port rear surround out, center/bass connector and wireless port perforation. I get what you say about a modem, is there any particulat strength, type, brand, etc.? thanks

  • linda
    linda Jun 16, 2008

    thanx again, both of you.. I am going to get a modem, then if I get stuck again, I'll be back!

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    linda Jun 17, 2008

    Back again- Can I install an external modem? Is it hard? and what type? I just looked at a bunch of them online and they have quite a few... This was for the KPC Shuttle K4500

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    linda Jun 22, 2008

    Thanks guys- I will definitely try that.. That last comment from me, I said installing a external modem, but I'd meant to ask about an internal modem also. Is that hard to do? I noticed they were in general less expensive, but I know there is always a catch. Did I mention that I am a truck driver? I am on the road for 3 weeks, then come home for 3-4 days, so it should just be an easy solution. thanks..

  • Tommy Su May 11, 2010

    don't worry about not knowing about computers....we all didn't before...until we went to school or learned it on our own. First of all, what type of system do u have? (computer). Where do u live at? because i'm pretty sure everywhere in this world should have DSL/Cable service available. Answer my inquiries, then I can better help you out. thanks!



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Yeah, most desktops these days don't include the modem, since modems are like obselete, due to DSL/Cable service. However, laptops do come with both RJ45 & RJ11 ports (ethernet & phone jack ports). I don't recommend going to Best Buy for anything!..there customer service is really bad. Plus, once u open a computer product, then decide that u don't need it or want something else...they will charge u 15% re-packaging fee. Do you have a Frys Electronics near you? or just a local computer store. I like to most of my computer products online. check out their service is great and fast.

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    there are many brands out there, and all of them should work as stated. Don't think that if a product cost more, that the quality will be better than a lower cost product that provides the same service. You should always research online to see what others users have said about the particular product u are looking for, and for a better deal. There's no particular strenght that u will need to look for, since all dial-up modem's speed is 56Kps.

  • Tommy Su Jun 17, 2008

    yes, installing a USB Modem is very easy. Just install the driver that comes with it (using the CD), once installation is complete, insert the USB modem into the USB 2.0 slot, then you're set! Good Luck!


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If it's a new computer and especially one that is compact then there might not be a modem inside. You can get a USB modem that will plug into a USB port, this will act like an external modem and provide the phone jack. You should be able to get one at your local computer store or Best Buy. Should be about $20 to $30.

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    Dean Joly Jun 16, 2008

    No real brand recommendation, I like US Robotics, LinkSys, or D-Link, but for USB modems you can't go wrong if it's recommended by the sales person. Smartlink, Trendnet, Diamond, are also all good brands.

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    Dean Joly Jun 17, 2008

    Yes, as I suggested earlier get an external USB modem, they are quite simple to install. Just follow the directions that come with the modem you purchase and it should work right away.

    You will most likely have to install the software from the CD that comes with the modem before plugging it into your computer. Then at some point in the installation it will ask you to plug the modem into a USB port on the computer.

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    Dean Joly Jun 19, 2008

    No matter which modem you purchase the manufacturer will also have the drivers available on their website. If you can get the driver downloaded on another computer then transfer it to a USB thumbdrive (flashdrive, memory stick, etc...) then you could put it on ***********-in-law's computer without using a CD.



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