New computer - no modem - network card?


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Old 11-21-05, 01:52 PM
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New computer - no modem - network card?

I am purchasing a new PC, the specs say no modem. Is there some other way that I can connect to the internet? I am upgrading to DSL, I've been reading about internet network card/modems. I assume this is what I will need to purchase. Any recommendations? I don't mind spending to get something of quality.

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Old 11-21-05, 02:47 PM
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so many people have broadband now that phone modems are becoming obsolete, kinda like floppy drives. most new computers come with a network card, either a 10/100 or 10/100/1000, which basically is referring to the transfer speed limit. if you are going to have broadband, either cable or dsl (2 most common) then generally either a network card or usb port is needed, as well as a broadband modem. A combination router/modem would be a good solution, something like this:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7810&CatId=159

depending on the computer, you could probably add a phone modem yourself. they are usually around $20.00 or less, and easy to do.
 

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Old 11-21-05, 07:31 PM
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Will the DSL provider will supply these items as part of the installation?
OR do I need to buy these items in addition to the standard DSL kit?

Thanks, I'm new to this stuff so I hope I didn't ask the same question twice.
 
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Old 11-21-05, 11:55 PM
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they usually provide the modem and filters. they can do all the hookup, and install network cards, usually at an extra cost. you would have to ask them.
 
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If you are buying a new computer, buy it with either an Ethernet connection built in or an Ethernet PCI card installed. Most will be designed/sold this way anyway.

Installing a card after the fact is never as easy as having it pre-installed by the manufacturer. Plus, a direct Ethernet connection is far superior to using a USB adapter.
 
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Old 11-22-05, 08:33 AM
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This is what the specs show:


10/100 Base-T Fast Ethernet interface

Should this be enough to get started?
 
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This is an Ethernet connection. It will do fine for connecting directly to the DSL modem, or better yet to a router that connects to or is part of the DSL modem.
 
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I think I have enough information now to know what to shop for. Thanks for the help.
 
 

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