How to Use a USB Modem

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A USB modem provides you with dial-up capabilities so you can use a phone line to connect to the Internet. You must set up the dial-up connection to use the USB modem. Each Internet Service Provider (ISP) has its own number where you dial up and connect to the service's servers. This is beneficial if you want to set up a backup Internet connection, or if you only have dial-up service available in your area.

  • Connect your USB modem to a USB port on your computer. Windows automatically detects the modem and installs drivers for you. After the drivers install, click the Windows "Start" button, "Control Panel" and then click "Network and Internet." In the list of utilities, click "Network and Sharing Center" to open your networking settings.

  • Click the "Set up a connection or network" link. This link starts the wizard to set up a dial-up connection to your service provider. Click "Set up a dial-up connection" to choose the USB modem setup. Click "Next" to start the setup process.

  • Type your dial-up number, username and password into the text boxes. These values are provided by your ISP. Type a name for your connection into the "Connection Name" text box. This name displays when you view all of your Internet connections.

  • Click the "Connect" button. The USB modem dials your ISP's number and connects to the servers. Click the "Browse the Internet now" button to open your default Web browser. Type a website into the Web browser address text box and press "Enter." The USB modem is used to access and open the website.

Tips & Warnings

  • Right-click the modem icon in your system tray and select "Hang Up" to close the dial-up modem connection.

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