What do I need to connect to the Internet?

You need an Internet service provider (ISP) and some hardware to connect to the Internet.

  • ISP. An ISP provides access to the Internet. You sign up for an account with an ISP just as you do for telephone service or utilities.

  • Hardware. For a broadband connection , such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or cable, you need a DSL or cable modem. This might be included as part of the start-up hardware from your ISP when you sign up for a broadband account. If you plan to set up a network in order to share Internet access with multiple computers, you'll also need a router. For a dial-up connection, you need a dial-up modem. Many computers come with a dial-up modem already installed.

For more information, see Connect to the Internet.

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