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How to Install a Modem Introduction A modem is the hardware device that connects your computer to the Internet A standard dial-up 56k or slower connection translates analog information noise into digital information what you see on your computers screen If you have a faster connection such as ISDN cable modem access or DSL your modem takes the information in whatever form it receives it and renders it into a form that your computer--and you--can understand Regardless of what you already have or decide to choose these Technical Instructions will allow you to make a successful installation Before you Begin If your modem is slower than 56k its time to get a new one If youve opted for a DSL cable access or ISDN connection having it installed professionally is the way to go This document focuses on installing standard internal and external modems for Windows 9598-compatible PCs These instructions are intended to give you a basic idea of how its done You will need to take precautions to avoid damaging your new modem with static electricity While this type of damage is more likely to occur when installing a hard drive or additional memory its always better to be safe than sorry 1 Choose a modem First decide whether to buy an internal or external modem To determine which type you currently have take a look at the back of your computer and determine where the phone line for your Internet connection attaches to it If it attaches to the back of the computer you have an internal modem If it attaches to a box on top of or next to your computer you have an external modem 2 Prepare for installation Before installing your
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