ISP access methods

A connection to an Internet service provider (ISP) can be through a modem and telephone line, an ISDN adapter and ISDN line, a cable modem, a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), or an X.25 network.

If you are using a modem, you will want the fastest possible speed to reduce downloading time while on the Internet. A modem of 28.8 Kbps or above is recommended. For more information about modems, see Modem overview 

Your dial-up Internet connection dials the ISP and logs you onto the system. The actual sequence for logging on varies based on the requirements of the ISP you are calling and are usually transparent.

If you connect to the Internet through a DSL or cable modem, your ISP may offer either an always on connection or require you to log on. An always on connection means you do not have to log on each time you want to access the Internet. If your DSL or cable modem provider requires you to log on, you need a user name and password.

For more information, see:

To make an Internet connection 

TCP/IP overview 

Internet service providers 

Using PPP for Internet connections 


Before you create an Internet connection, check with your ISP to verify the required connection settings. A connection to your ISP may require one or more of the following settings:

A specific IP address 

DNS addresses and domain names.

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