I am thinking about going with ATT DSL extreme 6.0 internet service. I have a toshiba L45 laptop. I do not know what type of router or modem I need.
Do I need to purchase a modem for dsl with AT&T or does this pc have an internal modem. Tech support said I do have an internal moden,,
AT&T said I don't.
Hi, Your laptop has got a modem built in, but it is intended for dial up 56Kbps, not DSL. So they are both right. But if you want to use a DSL internet service you will need to buy either a DSL router or modem. You should not need to buy bothas the router will have the modem built in. Your ISP may have a prefered model and will probably sell you one at a fairly cheap price or you can get one from your local PC world. If you only have the one Laptop at home you can buy either the router or the modem. The modem will probably be cheaper. But for around $60 you can buy a router I prefer wireless. This will allow you around 4 connections and more importantly frees you up from having to be directly and closely connected and allows you to work in various places around the home without trailing cables everywhere. Your ISP will advise you on the settings you require. I advise you to enable all the security options on any wireless devices. I hope this was useful. Carrie
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the modem is already old and obselete try to upgrade the modem. even though the lights on your modem works. try to call ATT because they can run a line test so they can determine if the connection is good or not
set up WAN side access to the internet. For this you need information
about your internet service provider. Please respond with your internet
service provider's name or better yet a link to their help/support
I assume you already have access to configure the
router at 192.168.1.1 if not please do the following. Open Internet
explorer and enter 192.168.1.1 where you would enter fixya.com and
press enter -- do web pages appear in your screen from the wired
computer. If so we have manual access to configure the router...
>> do i have to call my internet service provider to activate my modem?
Each modem has a unique "address", and your I.S.P. uses that address to authorize each DSL-modem that tries to connect to their network.
Or, if the two of you live in the same house/apartment, you should just buy a "router". Then, both computers can connect to the router, and the router connects to the DSL modem, and both of you can "share" the monthly fee for the _one_ Internet connection.
the motorola modem that att is using uses 192.168.1.x subnet. log onto your router and change it to 192.168.b.x where b is any number between 2 and 254 (just not 1). You should also log onto the modem and change the setting that allows it to share the external ip address with the router. You will need to do this if you plan on accessing your network from the internet.
Is the printer connected via wireless? When I recently connected up a new wireless printer to my UVerse network, the printer manual said that establishing the first connection works better via an Ethernet cable directly to the Uverse router. After the printer is set up once, then I could remove the ethernet cable and connect to the printer via wireless from all my computers.
For all wireless PCs that were previously connected via wireless to dsl, you need to create a new network connection for each one, then enter the key that is listed on the side of your Uverse router when prompted. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to establish the connection.
I am amazed that ATT was so unhelpful on these issues. I was one of their first Uverse customers in Texas, and several times over the last years, techs would visit my house to solve a problem or hook something up, explaining to me as he went. That their helpful attitude is deteriorating is a real shame.
wireless signal is not from ATT but from the router or modem.
the distance between is line of sign. approximate max distance is 500 ft. you should have not problem connecting it.
The only obstacle is walls, trees, or any other thing between you and the modem.
you can go to any wi-fi locations near your area and access the internet on your laptop. I think AT&T offers wi-fi access to its members on any of its designated hotspot /wifi locations (nearly 15,000 company-owned & roaming) e.g. McDonald's, Barnes & Noble bookstores, leading airports, coffee shops, etc. you can visit att.com and login to your account to find more details. or call them at: 1-888-888-7520
you don't need to install any software/ dsl installation on your laptop when you are using a public wi-fi connection, just ensure that your computer firewall is on and take precautions when sending out any personal info online.