What does it take to change from dial-up to broadband?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
February 26, 2008 5:45am CST
I might be able to change from dial-up to broadband. For some reason, I thought it was as easy as flicking a switch, but now I hear I need a different modem and there are other things that may need to be done. So before I make a call and make a fool out of myself or find out I can't do it at all, can anyone tell me what else I need to know?
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@shymurl (2767)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Usually the company that you go through will send you the right modem to have broadband. And they have tech support to help you get it installed. Its really easier than it looks.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I certainly hope that it's easier than it sounds. Take care
• Canada
26 Feb 08
Lordy, lordy,.....you must be living in one progressive country, with wonderful Internet Providers. 3 months ago, hi-speed was made available in my area, I immediately applied.(with dial-up I was losing complete interest) I received the modem in 5 days, phoned my IP, they said it would be connected the next day. They then immediately,disconnected my dial-up, AND 17 days later, after 49 hours (I logged them) on the telephone, I was finally switched! And I live in British Columbia, no choice of Internet Provider, so must use "Telus," and have had no concessions from them at all! Hope you have much better luck.
26 Feb 08
If you have more than one computers you might need to buy a router switch, it`s that simple
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thanks for the good discussion. I'm still using dial up and have been content but my kids always make fun of me and tell me I'm living in the dark ages. I refuse to go through cable but would consider our phone company. Cable in our area goes out too often. This would mean the internet is gone as well. I do know my new computer is dsl ready and after reading the above responses to this discussion, think I can handle it. Thanks again for a good discussion.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Feb 08
You're welcome. I read a lot of computer and internet questions and answers because I know a tiny bit compared to what is out there. Cable does then to go out. I think if I go through the phone company, I have to use their high speed internet. Prime link is terrible for regular phone calls. I'm better off to go outdoors and yell! There is so much static on the line, I can't imagine them as a high speed provider unless they changed something. So I have a lot to look into, don't I? We get satelite TV, but that may not work for some things I want to do. Discissions, discissions. Thanks and take care.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Have you had the static checked on your phone line? We've had that problem in the past and there were a ton of flies in our box outside that houses the phone line. Once it was cleared out, the static was gone. I chatted with a rep. from the cable company and I told him that I had heard when the cable goes out, the phone goes out and so does the internet. He admitted this is true. My decision was not to go with the cable company for internet use. I will contact the phone co. and get more information about getting rid of one phone line. We kept the extra line for business purposes but don't need any longer. Cell phones come in handy....lol
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Nope, just swtiched from Prime link to Bell North and I could hear people speaking again. The Mooers phone lines had always been horrible for as long as I can remember. We used to know when my Uncle and his family were calling, we'd hear someone screaming to them on the phone. But when they got other providers in, we just switched. Bell North later ended up being Verizon for a choice and still a beautiful connection. Take care and thanks
@Crysi23 (515)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Your phone company can send you the modem and send you the set up disk to get broadband or you can get broadband through your cable company and they'll come over and hook it up for you.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Is there a 3rd option through satelite TV?
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Thank you, take care, you're almost at 100 I see!
@Crysi23 (515)
• United States
28 Feb 08
I'm not sure if Satelite tv offers internet yet or not you can always check with them to find out.
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@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
27 Feb 08
of course before you change connection you should know first the things you wil be needing...from a dial up connection you only use a modem and your off to connecting to internet but in broadband the company will supply you with a dsl modem,for a fee,and to connect it to your computer you must have a LAN card and a patch cord it is the wire connected from the dsl modem going to your computer,and that's it you can make a good connection provided that you have a good internet service provider or ISP...
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Ok, so about three things that I need to know. Thanks, this is a help. By the way, you're my new friend. Nice to meet you, friend! Take care
@johndur (3049)
• Pasig, Philippines
28 Feb 08
thanks for adding me as a friend...im looking forward for more new sensible discussions from...have a nice day!
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@fec139 (812)
• United States
29 Feb 08
When I switched to Time Warner/Road Runner, they provided the cable modem, so check with the broadband company.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
1 Mar 08
Ok thanks!
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
27 Feb 08
When I upgraded my internet service from dial-up to broadband some years ago, my telco (which is my provider of internet services) set a date for my switchover and sent me a new broadband ADSL modem together with a revised contract. All I had to do was to follow the instructions for connecting and installing the modem on my PC, and I was ready to log in to the new service via my current ID/password. It was quite easy. Usually the appropriate modem should be packaged with the service subscribed. In this case, the modem was provided free by the telco.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Thank you very much for your assistance. I hope my provider makes it that easy, too. One person who responded wasn't that lucky. Thanks and take care.
@youless (98356)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Feb 08
If you have a good computer and it's better to have fast internet connection. You can run more software and you can download stuff via the net in a short time. There are many benefits to have fast internet connection.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Yes, that's true. I hope I figure this out soon. Take care and thanks.
@vicky30 (4773)
• India
27 Feb 08
There are two types of modems cable modems and router.First you will need to find out with a broadband connection company about the best modem or router.On ce you have purchased the modem or router.In from the connection people about it.Then they will come to tour home and connect and configure the modem or router.once this is complete they will check the internet speed if it is correct.That's it.after that when you switch on your computer.you will automatically be connected to the internet.
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Very good step-by-step instructions. I like it. You should write for some other places, too. Thank you and take care.
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 08
Lol.don't worry,you're not alone.I'm useless at technology,gadgets and such.I'm currently on wireless broadband.It's much more expensive than dial up and broadband.Why?Don't ask me,I didn't know until I wanted to cancel the account but got to know that I had to at least subscribe for a year.Just another one of their marketing scams.sigh.So,now all you need to know is get to your Internet provider and ask for a broadband modem.It's that simple;)
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
Now that they redid some of the lines out here, I think it may be that simple. We're way out in the country, and for a long time, we couldn't get broad band. I hear the competition between broadband providers is helping the situation in some areas. Some places don't require a full year contract and some places the price is less if there is competition. So there is hope. Thanks and take care.
@amitavroy (4823)
• India
26 Feb 08
was my friend as far as I know if you have linecard then there is nothing more in need to change from Balloch to a broadband connection of stop because that is the only thing which is required to have a broadband connections running on your computer. And if you have a computer not more than two or three years old when I can guarantee that you will definitely have them on board. Linecard nowadays it is a minimum requirement. And even if you don't have one can easily get it for 200 to 300 box in Indian currency.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
My Computer is 2004 Dell. I can call Dell and ask what they sent me, they should have it on file. Thanks. I'll add that to my list of things to find out about. You guys are so informative. Thanks!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
26 Feb 08
When I switched, I wasn't afraid to say, hey I have no idea what needs to be done..LOL But when I did change over, I really didn't have to do anything other than call the cable company and say I was a new customer and interested in their special, (they had a special where the bill was 26.95 a month for 5 months) They came out, install the line and modem, set me up, I signed the papers and I was good to go.. And like someone said before, you WILL LOVE IT...:)
@writersedge (22577)
• United States
27 Feb 08
That's cool, I'm getting braver! Will be checking into it soon. Take care
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
26 Feb 08
When I switched, I simply called my broadband provider, which is my cable company, and made an appointment for them to come and install it for me. They supply the modem and software that goes with it. They installed it and got my email up and running. All that was left for me to do was to enjoy the speedy connection! They are always available to provde tech support over the phone if I need it. Just give them a call and tell them you are new to broadband, and they'll explain it all to you. It seems foreign at first, but it's very easy.
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@ElicBxn (61039)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Unless you live in an area not serviced by broadband, there is probably no reason not to change. And you will LOVE it. I have cable internet, I couldn't go back to dial up.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Feb 08
I was told we couldn't get it. Then I see in the phone book that we can. Thanks and take care.
@CAMILLERI (373)
• Australia
26 Feb 08
I used to think the process was difficult to achieve. I put it off for nearly two years. About two months ago, I decided to take the plunge. It was not as difficult as I thought. You see I am nearly 78. I applied to my provider. They sent me a package with a modem and lots of wire bits.In the package there was an instruction sheet to follow. The wires were all marked in different colours. I managed to put it in all together. I would recommend you take the PLUNGE. You will definitely see the improvement. Good Luck. roland.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thank you very much for your assistance. I'm 50 and have been thinking about it since I found out we could get it and the prices have come down. Two factores that I needed to have happen first. Thank you.
• United States
26 Feb 08
I would call the broadband provider and tell them you're interested in the service, but don't know what you'll need. They should be able to give you better information than we can here since we don't know what type of broadband you're considering or if the service provider will provide the needed equipment. With dial up service, you probably have a phone line that plugs into a modem in your computer. With broadband, usually you have either a phone line (DSL) or cable (broadband provided by cable tv company) that plugs into the DSL modem or a cable modem. Then your computer hooks into that modem with either a USB connection or an ethernet cable. That's the basic idea. You can add routers, switches, hubs, etc in a more complex setup.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thank you very much for your assistance. So DSL or Cable and just to ask what I need. Good points, thank you!