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Default ADSL Setup Guide.

ADSL Setup Guide.

This guide was specifically created for dial-up users who are thinking about upgrading to ADSL broadband. Below, we have written a simple step-by-step guide on what you need, how much it will cost and what to do next.

Step 1
Before you decide to get ADSL, you need to make sure that you can receive it. To do this, you can use our checker. Enter your BT telephone number below to find out. You cannot get ADSL if you do not have a BT line.

Step 2
If you can get ADSL, your next step it to choose a service provider (ISP). There are over 100 providers in the UK, and they all offer various packages, so you shouldn't have a problem finding one for your needs.

ADSL comes in several speeds too. The basic, standard speed is 512 Kbps. Around 80% of people with ADSL have this speed. Some ISP's offer lower speeds, such as 256 Kbps, and some offer higher, such as 1 Mbps or 2 Mbps. If you are new to ADSL, we recommend you get the 512 Kbps service.

Now, you will need to choose an ISP based on your needs. To do this, use our ISP comparison page. This will allow you to search for an ISP based on your needs. If you are not sure what to search for, just select the Download speed from the first box. Remember, we recommend choosing 512 from the list. Then click on Compare.

It will now list all ISP's that supply the 512 Kbps service, sorted by price. Unfortunately, the rest is up to you. The results page will list everything you need to know about the service being offered. As with everything, the more you pay, the better the product tends to be. But don't rule out any ISP!

Once you have chosen an ISP, proceed to Step 3. Bear in mind, that you need additional equipment to be able to use ADSL. More about this in Step 4.
Step 3
Once you have chosen an ISP, you are ready to sign up. Simply visit the ISP's website via the link provided on our ISP information page. On the ISP's website, there will be a link to "Sign up to broadband". Click this and follow the on-screen wizard to guide you through the process.
Step 4
So, you have now signed up with your ISP! You now need to decide what equipment you are going to use to connect to ADSL.
There are 3 main choices.

- USB ADSL modem
- PCI ADSL modem
- ADSL modem/router

You could also use a Wireless ADSL modem/router, but that is more suited towards experienced users.

A USB ADSL modem is a external device that requires two cables to be connected to it. The first is the USB cable. Plug one end into a USB port on your PC, and the other end in to the modem. The second cable is the ADSL telephone wire. Plug one end into your telephone socket, and the other end in to the modem. If you want to use the telephone at the same time as being online, you will need another little device named a "filter", also called a "splitter" or "microfilter". Please see this page for help.

A PCI ADSL modem is an internal device, which means it has to be installed in your PC (yes, inside the case!). If you are not confident about fitting new hardware into your PC, We recommend you choose another type of modem. Unlike the USB modem, this device only needs one cable plugged into it - the ADSL telephone wire.

An ADSL modem/router is an external device that allows you connect one or more computers together, so that they can all use the Internet. This requires a more experienced user than normal, but anyone willing to learn can easily get this up and running. The router itself will have many ports on it. A 4 port router for example, will have five ports on it. 4 ports to connect up to 4 computers with, and 1 to connect to the ADSL telephone wire. If you only have one computer, you could get a 1 port router, which simply connects to your PC, and to your telephone line.

Please refer to the user manual you receive with your equipment to find out more.

To sum it up, you will need:

A telephone line:
- Must be a BT line.

- See Step 2.

- a USB ADSL modem (can slow your PC down)
- a PCI ADSL modem (requires installation inside your case)
- an ADSL modem/router (recommended)

- One or more filters

Please refer to our setup diagrams page to see "what to connect to where".

Step 5
You are now just one step away!
By this stage, you should have:

- Checked you can receive ADSL
- Chosen an ISP and signed up
- Chosen and purchased your ADSL equipment

Now, all that's left to do is install your hardware, and wait for your telephone line to be activated. Your ISP will send you a confirmation date a few days after you have signed up. The reason it takes a few days is due to BT having to perform tests on your telephone line to double check you can receive ADSL. This is all done from their offices, so they don't need to send an engineer to your house.

Overall, it should take no longer than 10 days for your ADSL to become activated.
* If you are using a USB modem, please use the **-ROM supplied to install it. It may ask you to enter some connection details. If it does, please see here.

* If you are using a PCI modem, please use the **-ROM supplied to install it. Once installed, launch the Control Panel utility for your modem (usually in the Start Menu or Apple Menu) Enter the following connection details if asked.

* If you are using an ADSL modem/router, you need to enter the connection details in order to successfully connect to ADSL. To do this, refer to your router manual/instruction guide and find out the address of its Control Panel/Configuration pages. This will be something like or Once you are in the Control Panel, find the WAN settings page, and enter these connection details where needed.
Connection details
Here are the settings that you may/may not need in order to install/setup your equipment. These settings are exactly the same no matter what ISP you signed up with. Phone number: 0,38
G.DMT or Auto
Encapsulation Mode: PPP over ATM or VC-MUX
Authentication: CHAP or Auto

These settings are ISP dependant:

Username: This is the username your ISP has supplied you with.
Password: This is the password your ISP has supplied you with.

This guide was written with the intention to help explain what is needed for ADSL. Please do not rely on this guide being 100% accurate, as different types of ISP's and different types of hardware setup's may not conform to the above guide.

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