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Is DSL Wi-Fi? Understanding How Home Internet Works

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DSL – which means digital subscriber line – isn’t Wi-Fi on its own.

It can become Wi-Fi, though. First, it’s helpful to understand DSL as a method of Internet delivery. Phone lines carry a DSL signal to subscribers’ homes. It works on a different frequency than phone calls. Data for both can travel on the same lines without interference.

Can DSL be wireless, though?

Yes, with the help of a router. A router broadcasts an Internet signal without wires. It allows enabled devices to connect to the network. A router connects between your computer and modem. The modem receives your DSL Internet signal.

Without a router, the only way to connect to your DSL Internet would be through an Ethernet cable.  Internet service providers often offer a modem/router combination. Most subscribers access the Internet through several wireless devices. This modem/router combo turns your home into a hotspot.

Does DSL have Wi-Fi automatically?

No – although providers often install the router/modem unit from the start. Wireless access points can extend your Wi-Fi range. An average router can cover most rooms of an average home. Factors such as router placement and home construction can play a part.

To extend range to a porch or other spots outside a home, wireless access points can help.

Wireless access points send signals from the router to outlying places in your home. Businesses and municipal networks rely on wireless access points to provide fuller coverage. This can include coverage for a showroom, restaurant, public building and more.

How do I make DSL wireless?

Ask your Internet service provider if the modem they supply also contains a router. If you have only a modem, you can install a router.

  • UNPLUG modem and router from the power source.
  • CONNECT DSL plug into the modem, and the modem’s output cable into the router’s WAN port.
  • TURN on the modem first, then the router.
  • CONFIGURE your router by connecting it to your computer.
  • POWER on your computer – it will detect your wireless router.
  • LAUNCH a web browser.
  • ENTER the router’s address (found in the router user guide) into the address bar.
  • REPLACE the default password with a secure one of your own.
  • SELECT ‘wireless security’ to choose your wireless encryption type (WP3 is best).
  • CREATE a unique name for your wireless network. This will become your SSID, which becomes visible throughout the network.
  • AVOID personal information in your network name, such as address or phone number.
  • ACCESS your wireless signal with web-enabled devices.

In conclusion: Is DSL Wi-Fi?

It can be! Gone are the days when one central computer connected to the Internet in a home. Now, anyone in the home with a portable device can connect to the network. The advantage of a portable device is wire-free operation.

Tablets, smartphones, and laptops can work without wires. This gives users the flexibility to connect with those devices anywhere. You can stream movies in your bedroom. Look up recipes in the kitchen. Participate in a videoconference in the family room. Can DSL be wireless? It’s essential in some homes!

Also, smart TVs and gaming consoles need to access a wireless signal. The influence of the Internet of Things in smart homes suggests a trend in Internet use. It’s toward mainstream wireless capability.