How do I connect to the Internet?
Once you've set up your computer, you'll probably want to get Internet access so you can send and receive email, browse the Web, watch movies, and more. Before you can access the Internet, there are three things you need: Internet service, a modem, and a web browser.
Watch the video to learn about connecting to the Internet.
Choosing an Internet service
Which service is best for me?
It all depends on where you live and how much speed you need. Internet service providers (ISPs) usually offer different levels of speed based on your needs. If you're mainly using the Internet for e-mail and social networking, a slower connection might be all you need, but if you want to download a lot of music or watch streaming movies, you'll want a faster connection. You'll need to do some research to find out what the options are in your area.
Types of Internet service
Review the following interactive to see a few of the more well-known types of Internet service.
Choosing an Internet service provider
Once you have decided which type of Internet access you are interested in, you can determine which ISPs are available in your area that offer the type of Internet access you want. Then you'lll need to purchase Internet service from one of the available ISPs. Talk to friends, family members, and neighbors to see which ISPs they use. Below are some things to consider as you research ISPs:
- Ease of installation
- Service record
- Technical support
- Contract terms
Although dial-up has traditionally been the cheapest option, many ISPs have raised dial-up prices to be the same as broadband. This is intended to encourage people to switch over to broadband. Generally, you should only use dial-up if it's the only option available.