05-31-2016 12:56 PM
xl, There is no way to connect a DSL cable or a phone line to the laptop. Wifi internet works fine. I am moving and I will only have access to dialup internet for the first few weeks, after that I will only have access to DSL internet. I may or may not get Wifi again, later on. I found an adapter that I think I can use to connect the phone cord to the laptop, but I am not positive. Do you know if I can use TRENDnet 56K USB 2.0 Phone, Internet and Fax Modem, TFM-561U to connect my phone line to my laptop for dialup internet ? I am a senior and I am not familiar with a lot of things about this technology. Any assistance you can give is appreciated. Thank You
06-01-2016 09:18 AM
Hello Mercy-Grace –
A 56k USB modem like this one should work just fine with your laptop and any dial up service you’re able to sign up for. If you do end up getting DSL service without Wi-Fi in the future, your DSL modem should have a port for an Ethernet cable which you should be able to directly connect to your laptop without any adapter for high-speed service.
06-01-2016 09:20 AM
DSL requires an Ethernet cable. Most DSL providers provide Wifi Adapters built into their DSL Modems, so you're all set all you need to do is ask for a model with such if possible. If the provider does not have a model, you may want to consider getting a cheap wireless router for your DSL model if you're the only one that's going to be using the internet. (Did this when I had Consolidated Communications at my old house)
If you just want to hard wire (plug it in directly into the computer) this is the adapter that would connect from the modem to the laptop: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-usb-3-0-to-gigabit-ethernet-adapter-white/3510527.p?id=12195829...
It's USB 3.0 So you will get the near flawless performance as if you had an ethernet port built in directly into the motherboard.
In respects to the 56K USB 2.0 Phone Internet and Fax Modem, as long as you have Windows 10, you will be all set. Depending on your ISP you choose temporarily, you'll have to configure Primary and Secondary DNS addresses, in the case of AOL or NetZero, make sure they are Windows 10 compatible as they use software to automatically configure your computer.
06-01-2016 09:24 AM
Michael, some HP Stream laptop models do not include an Ethernet port, this is true for the HP Stream 11.6