How To Hook Up a Modem Using a USB Cable

A modem (modulator-demodulator) is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. The goal is to produce a signal that can be transmitted easily and decoded to reproduce the original digital data.

In the older versions of computer, every motherboard has a 56k modem installed in it. The problem with it is that it can handle and transfer only minimal amount of data over the network. Due to the major improvement in the computer industry, everyone need faster network and high speed internet transactions.

So, most modern computers come with a USB port instead of, or in addition to, a serial port for modem communications. Although many computers are originally configured with a 56K modem integrated into the motherboard, when the on-board modem fails to function, a USB modem is the best replacement. A USB modem is easy to hook up and takes only a few minutes to install. Follow the steps given below to hook up a modem with pc using a USB cable successfully.

Locate the USB port on your computer. The USB port is a small opening is approximately 1/2 inch wide and 1/8 inch thick. Your computer may be equipped with two or more USB modem ports placed closely together. First, whether the length of the USB cable is long enough to join the computer and the modem.

Most of the hardware stores and computer shops are selling the USB cord for low prices. Plug one end of the USB cable into the USB compatible modem. If you haven’t seen the USB port earlier, just make use of the manual provided for you to search for that port.

Then plug the other end of the cable into the USB port on your computer. The ends of the modem cable generally have a design stamped on the side that faces up. See if your operating system recognizes the new modem hardware which is connected via a USB cable. Most USB modems are plug_and_play, and newer operating systems will know they have been attached.

Shutdown and reboot your computer if the operating system did not recognize the new hardware. Place the installation disk in the proper drive. If the modem installation program doesn’t start automatically, navigate to the drive and click on “Setup.” Follow the onscreen instructions for setting up your modem operations.

Reboot your computer and set up a new connection for your Internet use by specifying the new modem as the default connection.

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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.

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