How to Activate a DSL Modem


DSL modems provide fast and reliable access to the Internet. DSL is widely available in many areas, including large cities, small towns and some rural areas. Installing and activating a DSL modem requires little working knowledge of DSL modems. Subscribers can install and activate the DSL modem without assistance from qualified DSL technicians. Installing and activating DSL modems requires little time and effort from the DSL user.

Things You'll Need

  • Installation CD
  • Packing slip
  • Phone line
  • Ethernet cable (optional)
  • USB cable (optional)


  • Unpack the DSL modem from the shipping box. Set the modem, cables and filters aside.

  • Locate the login information for the DSL in the packing list.

  • Install one DSL filter on each device in the home that uses a phone line, including every telephone, satellite television receiver, fax machine and security alarm. DSL filters prevent interference between these devices and the DSL connection.

  • Connect one end of the phone line to the back of the DSL modem. Connect the other end to the DSL filter located at the main point of entry of telephone service.

  • Connect the modem to the computer by using either a USB cable or an Ethernet cable. Both of these cables are included in the packaging of the DSL modem. Use the USB cable if your computer isn't equipped with an Ethernet port, or if you simply desire to use a USB connection.

  • Turn on the modem. Wait for the DSL indicator light to steadily burn.


  • Insert the Installation CD into the CD-ROM drive on your computer.

  • Follow the onscreen prompts for accepting the terms of service and selecting which DSL software you are installing. The software can install, activate and configure email addresses associated with the DSL account as well.

  • Enter the username and password for the DSL account when you are asked.

  • Wait for the installation to finish. Attempt to browse the Internet using a Web browser.

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