How to Connect to the Internet With a Phone Line

By Kenneth Coppens

During the beginning stages of the Internet, the only way to get a connection was through a phone line. With a dial-up Internet connection, the signal passes through a phone and connects to a modem. The modem is responsible for converting the signal from analog to digital, making sense of the information passed through the signal, converting it back to analog and finally sending it on to a computer. While the technology may sound complicated, it's simple to get an Internet connection through a phone line.

Things You'll Need

  • Modem
  • Phone cord
  • Internet software

Step 1

Contact an Internet Service Provider about setting up Internet access in your home. They will provide you with a modem and the necessary software needed to connect to the Internet.

Step 2

Connect one end of a phone cord to a phone jack in your wall. Connect the other end of the cord to the “IN” phone port on the back of the modem.

Step 3

Plug one end of a separate phone cord into the “OUT” port on the back of the modem. Connect the other end to the phone line port on the computer.

Step 4

Insert the Internet software into the CD drive of your computer. Follow the on-screen directions to install the software. Once installed, you will be able to surf the Web.