Connect to the Internet via ADSL Broadband or 2G/3G/4G/EVDO or Wi-Fi Network

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Internet is the world’s largest Wide Area Network (WAN). To get connected to the Internet we need to have an Internet connection. We can get Internet connection through a ADSL broadband, dial-up, Wi-Fi, GSM/UMTS (3G)/LTE (4G)/EVDO or even a TV cable Internet connection. After get an internet connection, we should follow the steps as below to actually get connected to the Internet from different OSes.

Contents

  • Connect to the Internet via ADSL Wired Broadband
    • Connect to the Internet from Windows XP via Broadband Bridge mode
    • Connect to the Internet from Windows 7 via Broadband Bridge mode
    • Connect to the Internet from Windows 8 via Broadband Bridge mode
    • Connect to the Internet from Ubuntu 12.04 via Broadband Bridge mode
  • Connect to the internet via 2G/3G/4G/EVDO Wireless connection
  • Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi Network
    • Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows XP
    • Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 7
    • Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 8
    • Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Ubuntu 12.04

Connect to the Internet via ADSL Wired Broadband

Wired Broadband is the fastest and quality internet connection for home and office computers. An ADSL broadband line comes via regular telephone line and goes to RJ-11 socket behind the modem name Line. A Straight LAN cable’s (Fast Ethernet) one end to be connected to the PCs’ RJ-45 socket and another goes to the RJ-45 socket behind the modem. LAN or USB drivers must be installed correspondingly.

Connection can be made using PPPoE mode and Bridge mode. PPPoE mode is always on internet connection mode where the modem gets connected to the internet whenever it turned on. In the Bridge mode, connected is made by the computer.

To configure the modem, we need to read the modem’s user manual, connect all required cables and turn it on; then follow the list below.

  1. Configure the Ethernet/LAN adapter’s IP address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway as given in the user manual.
  2. Open the default gateway IP address with any web browser.
  3. Now, we will have to create a new connection, set connection mode (PPPoE/Bridge).
  4. Enter login credentials and enter the VPI/VCI value provided by the ISP.
  5. Save modem settings.

If the connection on the modem is set to PPPOE mode, then it will be always on internet connection. If it’s set to bridge mode, then we need to follow the steps below.

Connect to the Internet from Windows XP via Broadband Bridge mode

  1. Open Control Panel > Network Connections > Create a new connection.
  2. Press Next > Select Connect to the internet > press Next.
  3. Select Set up my connection manually > press Next.
  4. Select Connect using a broadband connection that requires a username and password > press Next.
  5. Enter IPS name > press Next > Enter the login credentials > press Next > Finish.
  6. Open Start menu > Network Connections > double click on the connection that we just made and connect.

Connect to the Internet from Windows 7 via Broadband Bridge mode

  1. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Setup a new connection or network.
  2. Select Connect to the internet > Press Next > Select No, create a new connection > press Next.
  3. Click on Broadband (PPPoE) > enter connection name and the login credentials > press Connect.

Connect to the Internet from Windows 8 via Broadband Bridge mode

  1. Open Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Setup a new connection or network.
  2. Select Connect to the internet > Press Next.
  3. Click on Broadband (PPPoE) > enter connection name and the login credentials > press Connect.

Connect to the Internet from Ubuntu 12.04 via Broadband Bridge mode

  1. Press ALT+F2 > type Network Connections and enter > open Wired tab Add > Select DSL > press Create…
  2. Enter connection name and the login credentials > press Save…
  3. Go to taskbar > click on network icon > click on the DSL connection we created earlier.

Connect to the internet via 2G/3G/4G/EVDO Wireless connection

Mobile GPRS/UMTS/LTE/EVDO connections are widely used today. Now days, UMTS/LTE/EVDO connections are called Mobile Broadband as these connections are as fast as Wired Broadband connections. To connect to the internet over 2G/3G/4G/CDMA network, we need 2G/3G/4G/CDMA modem respectively.

Configuring a 2G/3G/4G/CDMA modem is much easier than configuring broadband modems and less complicated. We can use an external 2G/3G/4G/CDMA modem or a 2G/3G/4G/CDMA network supported mobile phone will do the job fine.

To get connected to the internet, we need to put APN (access point name), dialing number and proxy if required. To install a Data card on a PC, we need to install the driver software. Then connection will be made from that Data card software.

To create a new connection on a Windows computer, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Data card software > Connection profile > New connection.
  2. Name the connection > put correct APN provided by ISP > put *99# as the dial number.
  3. Save and connect.

On a Linux computer, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to taskbar > click on network icon > Edit Connections… > Add > Select Mobile Broadband > press Create…
  2. Click Continue > select Country > Continue > put the APN > Continue > Finish.

Connect to the internet via Wi-Fi Network

Connecting to the internet via Wi-Fi is easiest among all connection methods.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows XP

  1. Open Control Panel > Network connections > click on wireless network connection icon > click View available wireless networks under Network Tasks.
  2. Choose the wireless network connection > Connect.
  3. Put login credentials as required.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 7

  1. Click on the Network icon on the task bar.
  2. Choose the wireless network > Connect.
  3. Put login credentials as required.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Windows 8

  1. Go to Desktop > Click on the Network icon on the task bar.
  2. Choose the wireless network > Connect.
  3. Put login credentials as required.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network in Ubuntu 12.04

  1. Go to taskbar > Click on the Network icon.
  2. Click on a wireless network we want to connect.
  3. Put login credentials as required.

Thank you!

3 thoughts on “Connect to the Internet via ADSL Broadband or 2G/3G/4G/EVDO or Wi-Fi Network

  1. I have D-Link ADSL2+ wi-fi modem and i suddely decide that rejected bsnl and take cable broadband. But the D-Link modem has only RJ-11 connector and cable broadband give me the RJ-45 connector. Is there any RJ-45 to Rj-11 exist?
    Please help me

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