How to Install Your Internet Connection on a New Computer

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New computers that have a preinstalled operating system come with several programs that require an active Internet connection. These programs range from the standard web browsers to special software provided by manufacturers that can connect to their online services. Set up your Internet connection so you can surf the web immediately and take full advantage of your new computer's online connectivity.

Things You'll Need

  • Ethernet cable
  • Phone cable
  • Check the back of your new computer for an Ethernet port or wireless adapter. Plug the Ethernet cable from the modem to your computer's Ethernet jack.

  • Look at the modem that your ISP gave you and check the back where the inputs are shown. If the phone line isn't connected, test if your Internet is activated by locating your phone line and leading it to the modem's phone line jack, usually labeled "line" or "phone line."

  • Plug the modem into a power source if you cannot turn on the modem. Give your modem a few seconds for it to initialize.

  • Turn on your computer and launch your favorite web browser or Internet application. See if you can freely access online content.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you cannot access the Internet, check any instructions that your ISP supplied.
  • If you still have problems, check your TCP/IP settings by going to the Control Panel and clicking "Network Connections" if you are using Windows XP. In Windows 7, open up the Start menu search and type "View Networking Connections" without quotes. Right-click on the device that uses the connection and click "Properties". Click TCP/IP and click "Properties" once again. Set both options their automatic settings unless your ISP has special instructions.

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