Setting Up the Hardware
Before you get too comfortable in your chair, you must physically check some items. This may require you to do some low-level maneuvers (such as crawling under your desk):
|✓||Cable modem, DSL modem, or any other fancy contraption: If you have one of these babies, you need to make sure that:
An Ethernet cable (like a phone cable but the connector is wider) is plugged into your computer’s Ethernet card and into the special cable, DSL, satellite, or ISDN modem your ISP installed.
The fancy modem thing is powered on. (These contraptions often have their own power supplies.)
|✓||External modem: If you have an external modem (one that’s independent of your computer case), you need to verify that
A cable is securely connected from the modem to the proper port on the computer.
The modem is powered on. (External modems have their own power supply.)
One end of a telephone cable is plugged into the wall jack, and the opposite end is plugged into the modem.
|✓||Internal modem: If you have an internal modem, you need to verify that:
The modem is not a software modem. See the sidebar “Beware of devices posing as modems” if you’re not sure what a software modem is or whether you have one.
One end of a telephone cable is plugged into the wall jack, and the opposite end is plugged into the phone plug on the back of your computer.
|✓||Wireless cards: If you have a wireless card, you also have to have a wireless router to collect and direct your wireless traffic between computers and/or ...|