Taking out a home broadband contract won’t be much use if you can’t set up your home network to actually use it. Many internet service providers may offer a service in which they will come and set up your connection for you, though this service is rarely free. If you aren’t at all technically minded, this service could save you some stress in setting up your internet connection. If you would like to give it a go yourself though, keep reading for a simple guide to setting up your home broadband.

Step one – Activate your broadband connection

Different internet service providers operate in different ways when setting up your broadband connection. Many will provide a specific date and time when your internet will be active, while others may give you a phone call. Occasionally you may have to phone the company yourself on a set day to activate the internet connection. The company that you have chosen will have provided details as to whether you need to activate your internet or not, so read the instructions closely and follow them as directed.

Step two – Gather your equipment

There are a few pieces of equipment that you will need in order to setup your home network. This equipment will vary depending whether you are receiving your internet via ADSL or via Cable, and also whether you will be connecting your computer via an Ethernet cable or through a wireless connection.

Here are the building blocks that you will need for any connection:

  • ADSL or Cable modem; almost always provided by your internet service provider.
  • Router; some companies will provide a router but occasionally you may need to purchase this yourself. The router may be wireless, or may simply allow you to plug in several Ethernet cables to wire up several computers.
  • An Ethernet cable; this cable must be long enough to reach your computer, or alternatively an appropriate wireless card or dongle can be used if you plan to take advantage of a wireless router.
  • A computer; the computer must have an Ethernet point, or a wireless card or dongle connected to it.

Step three – Connect to the internet

Most internet service providers will give you a detailed instruction sheet to detail exactly how to set up your home network. Follow these instructions if they are present, otherwise walk through the following few steps:

  • Plug your Modem into your internet connection port (this could be your phone line if an ADSL connection, or a Cable point).
  • The Modem should contain a series of lights that will inform you whether or not you are receiving any internet signal. Wait until all of the lights stop blinking.
  • Connect your router to your modem and turn the device on. Once again, there should be a series of lights that will start flashing as the router obtains a connection. Wait for these to settle down.
  • Plug your own computer into the router via an Ethernet cable, or search for the appropriate wireless network. If using a wireless network you may need to enter the password (usually found on the back of the router) in order to connect.
  • Enjoy access to the internet!

If you have any problems setting up your home broadband network, don’t hesitate to contact your internet service provider as they will be happy to help.