How To Set Up a DSL Connection

DSL (digital subscriber line) Internet is one of the most accessible and used Internet connections in the country. It is also easy to set up and start browsing.

How it works

DSL connections are run through the phone lines in your home. This technology channels your Internet connection and phone service through the same wires. It uses a piece of equipment called a “splitter” to allow users to access both phone and Internet at the same time.

DSL once required customers to get phone service if they wanted Internet service as well. However, this is no longer a requirement. It is possible to subscribe solely to DSL Internet now. This is called Naked DSL.

DSL offers Internet speeds in a range of 1.5 to 40 Mbps on average. Your speed depends on the plan you sign up for, the devices you use, where you are located and the activities you do on the Internet.


Most DSL providers offer either a self-install option or professional install. The installation method you qualify for depends on your area, your plan and your provider. Because DSL works through phone lines, your home must have phone lines in order to set up Internet connection or you may need to get them installed.

For DSL, in most cases, lines are already set up so installation is easy. For self-installments, your provider will send you all the equipment and instructions you need in the mail. Then they will send someone out to activate your address as an active DSL customer. This lets their system know to provide you with their Internet connection.

Connecting devices

You will need a modem and a router or a piece of equipment that works as both. The modem converts the Internet connection into usable Internet for your compatible devices. The router then emits the signal, allowing your devices to connect wirelessly.

You can set up Internet connection to your device either wirelessly or using an Ethernet cord. Wireless is good for mobile devices and connecting anywhere in the house. The Ethernet cable is good for consistent, smooth DSL connection that is used by only one device.