The internet has become a big part in everyday life. Millennials in general, especially those 20-36, are identified by Nielsen as “Generation C as in ‘generation connected’. Think about it, the last time a millennial entered your home, what did they ask for? The first thing that visitors in a home ask for are things like “What’s your WiFi password?”, especially if they are guests for more than one day. So how can you set that up without paying the internet company technician set up fees?
Here are a few things to consider. The first, what type of connection do you have? For most, the options are either Cable, Ethernet (think landline or phone line) or Satellite. For most areas, there is one cable provider and one Ethernet company in your area. Satellite typically is another option that is more dependent on visibility than anything else.
If you are more of a show me rather than tell me, here is a valuable YouTube video to walk you through a Cable Internet set up. Otherwise, here are some important things you will need to have.
Items You Will Need To Set Up Your Cable Internet:
- Cable Internet
- Cable Modem
One of the most important things you can do to maximize your router speed for your cable modem is to placement of your router. By placing it in a elevated location and not in front of or behind an object, you maximize the signal capacity of your WiFi router. You will also need a location that is close in proximity to the cable connection and power supply you will be using.
Pull out the coax cable, typically given to you by your cable internet company, and tighten. You should be connected both to the wall and the modem. Then you should be good to go.
Some items or extra steps that you might need to consider, depending on your provider:
- Verify where to check your cable connection. Many times, you can only connect your cable wire to one cable outlet, depending on your provider, because you will have one modem. This will typically be in a basement, garage or near your power breaker.
- Your cable company might require a technician for an original setup of the network. This is your local area network (often referred to as a LAN) which, unless you are technically sound, you should leave to a professional to install. It will be worth the cost and ranges anywhere from $20-$50. That is something you can also negotiate during installation.
You will need to then insert your Ethernet Cable to create the network. From the modem to the computer. (Note: that because this is a cable modem, you will not be putting your Ethernet cable into the wall)
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connection, often referred to as an Ethernet connection, is one plugged into your phone jack and is for the provider in your region. This will usually be companies like AT&T, CenturyLink, and Verizon as opposed to those in the first section. Now, Cable companies also provide an Ethernet or fiber connection, but it comes directly from your cable internet connection rather than your phone cord. That requires a much larger explanation that you can find here.
Items you will need:
- Ethernet Cord
- Phone Jack
- Router (If you desire WiFi. A router might be required as well depending on the company you select. They may require you to lease on from them or purchase it outright. )
- Setting up your Centurylink Modem and Activating Your Service
This will be one of your easier set ups as far as a connection goes. You will order the service from your provider in the area and they will need to activate your line (some will require a technician to come out, but it should not be necessary).
The benefit of DSL is that you can plug it in to the phone jack most convenient for you. You will still want to place the router in a good location so you can maximize its signal. The provider you choose should have a standard home IP where you can customize your WiFi name. This is also listed on the back of your router as your SSID and “Wireless Network Key”, which is another name for WiFi password, if you are using a brand specific router.
Here are some standard IP addresses for specific providers to log into your gateways:
For AT&T customers, if you are using a router like a Netgear 7550, here is a great help for setting up your internet.
Verizon customers can go here for help with your FiOS internet.
A satellite internet connection is great for more rural type locations. For example, in the middle of the forest or in a tourist location deep in the mountains or by a lake it will be difficult to find a strong internet connection that is wired out there. Satellite is often the fastest and best option for these types of locations. However, there are definitely some drawbacks. Bad weather or even cloudy weather can impede or slow down your signal at that point.
Satellite installation is usually from a dish that you either mount on your roof, the side of your house or through a pole mount. Either way, it is necessary that you wire directly inside your residence directly from the Satellite. At that point, you can connect it to a router from the satellite dish.