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In Connecticut, a nearby AT&T Yahoo DSL high speed internet customer asked me to help with an SBC Yahoo DSL installation – now AT&T Yahoo DSL internet service due to mergers. So if you’re using our high speed internet check availability and online ordering tool, see if I can’t convince you that AT&T Yahoo DSL installation is doable for those with basic computer experience.
The first picture I have for you today is a Dell XPS 400 desktop computer running Windows XP. The Dell XPS 400 tower is below the glass desk, a Dell 17 inch LCD monitor on top, to the right is a Cannon printer, and to the left is the AT&T Yahoo DSL internet modem. The modem you receive in your AT&T Yahoo DSL internet installation kit might differ, however, the basic self installation process will be the same. If you plan on making a purchase through our check availability and online high speed internet ordering tool, simply review your AT&T Yahoo DSL internet deals, which identify the type of DSL internet modem you will receive in the self installation kit. This AT&T Yahoo DSL internet customer received a 2Wire (brand name is called 2Wire) SBC DSL wireless internet modem. You’ll see the back of the 2Wire DSL wireless internet modem in the third picture.
The second picture is the AT&T Yahoo DSL installation kit. When you take everything out of the box, there‘s not really much there. The 2Wire brand wireless DSL modem (left), 4 DSL filters wraped in plastic (center), some telephone wire (yellow), a thin plastic mount for the modem if needed (right) and the AT&T Yahoo DSL installation CD (back).
In the third picture, you’ll see the back of the 2Wire SBC Yahoo DSL internet modem. This particular DSL internet modem has wireless capabilities and 4 ports available for network connections. The most basic use of this modem will give 4 wired computers access to the internet – that’s one computer plugged into each of the available 4 ports – and about 250 wireless computers or other wireless devices may also access the internet. Beyond the scope of today’s post, this particular DSL internet modem also acts as a router. Modems that act as Routers are standardized to allow up to 254 network connections. So if you were thinking of networking computers in your home office, most likely a DSL modem router combination like this 2Wire is all you need.
Quick Start instructions provided by AT&T Yahoo DSL will help explain how to make the 3 connections to the back of the AT&T Yahoo DSL modem. The grey plug at the top is your telephone line. Plug a standard telephone line into the modem. The end will only fit snuggly into the one telephone socket. Don’t plug the telephone line into the larger jack(s), those are the 4 network ports we mentioned earlier. The yellow wire in the picture is the Cat 5 or Category 5 network connection cable. This Cat 5 cable is the network link between the DSL modem and the Dell XPS 400. Both ends of the Cat 5 cable are identical, so you simply plug one end into an available port on the DSL modem, and the other end into the network port on the computer. Note that Cat 6 is now widely available and can be used in place of Cat 5 network cable. Wireless laptops and desktops of course get to skip this step altogether! Power cord is the black wire at the bottom, but don’t plug it in until you have read all of your Quick Start instructions.
Before you turn anything on, you will need to use those 4 DSL filters that came along with the AT&T Yahoo DSL installation kit. Plug a DSL splitter or DSL filter into each used telephone jack, including the one you plan to connect to the DSL internet modem. The next picture is an example of the DSL filter connected to your telephone. The purpose of the DSL filter is to split high and low frequencies, splitting the frequencies between those used for data (DSL internet service) and those used for voice (telephone service). The DSL splitter is what enables you to use the internet and talk on the phone at the same time, among other things.
Each telephone in the house needs to connect through a DSL filter. As show in the picture, plug your telephone into the side labeled Phone. The side marked Internet will only be used once by the 2Wire modem in this AT&T Yahoo DSL installation. In the picture, only one telephone wire is connected to the right side of the DSL filter. The black cord you also see in the picture is a power cord for the AT&T telephone, so don’t let it throw you. The next picture is a close up of the DSL filter, telephone is plugged into the right side. The left side stays open and is only used on the one telephone jack that receives the 2Wire DSL modem.
So at this point, your requirements are to plug 3 wires into the back of the AT&T Yahoo DSL internet modem and plug one of those wires into the back of your Dell XPS 400 computer. Then you run around the house to each telephone and install the DSL filter between the phone and the telephone jack – easy enough? The hardest part to a high speed DSL installation these days is installing the software and choosing your email account address. If you never installed software yourself, installation of software for a new printer for example, then you will need a friend to help out, or should consider the professional installation option.
On this day, the AT&T Yahoo DSL installation was a snap. After following the Quick Start instructions, loading the AT&T Yahoo DSL installation CD, and answering the questions asked of the Network Setup wizard, I was able to get this AT&T Yahoo DSL internet customer online in one sitting. A testimonial of sorts as to how far DSL high speed internet service has come. The AT&T Yahoo DSL installation was no more difficult than setting up a dial up internet connection.
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