Getting Online

© Assistantua | Dreamstime.comOK. You’ve assembled everything you need, so it’s time to go online. We’ll assume for the moment that you are connecting from a laptop or desktop computer. Make sure that everything is connected.Your computer must be connected to the modem or router, which must in turn be connected to the telephone line or fibre optic cable.

Now power up the computer and modem or router. Your computer will boot up the operating system – you may have to enter a user name and/or a password. Your modem or router should have a light that indicates when an internet connectionhas been established – this may take a few minutes.

Finally, open your browser. It will open on the Home Page. This will probably be the web site for the browser supplier, but you can change it to anything you like. Many people change it to the opening page for their favourite search engine. That’s it! You’re online and can start browsing.Next you need to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). The first time you do this you will probably have to enter the username and password for your internet account – it may be possible to store these on your computer so that you can omit this step in future.

If you are using a WiFi connection there is no need for a physical connection between the computer and the modem or router. You’ll probably be asked to enter a WiFi password, but this can be stored on your device so that it can be entered automatically in future.

If you are connecting via 3G from a Smartphone you’ll need to make sure that your data connection is available and that you have sufficient balance on your account to pay for your Internet use. If your balance is running low your provider may invite you to top-up online.

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