A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) broadband connection uses the wiring placed for phone services to provide Internet access for your home or business. But the installation of DSL does not limit your access to phone services at the same time. With the use of a splitter during installation, you can have access to both Internet and telephone services at the same time, without interference between the two.
- Contact a DSL provider in your area, usually the telephone company or another Internet service provider (ISP), and sign up for services.
- Plug a DSL line splitter into the wall jack that you’re using for your DSL modem connection. The splitter splits the jack’s services into two, one for the telephone and one for the modem.
- Plug a telephone wire into one of the splitter jacks. Plug the other end of the wire into the jack on the rear of the DSL modem.
- Plug an Ethernet cable into the rear of the DSL modem, and then plug the other end of the cable into an available Ethernet port on your computer. Plug the power cord of the modem into a nearby outlet.
- Turn on your computer and wait for the computer to launch the desktop screen. Turn on the modem and wait for it to make a connection with your ISP. The online indicator light should light up when the connection is made.
- Navigate to the “Start” button on your computer, and then select the “Control Panel.” Click “Network and Internet” followed by “Network and Sharing Center” then “Set up a connection or network.” Click “Connect to the Internet” to utilize the new Internet connection on your system.
- Plug a DSL line filter into the second jack of the splitter to filter out any noise from the connection. Plug the second telephone wire into the filter and, then into the telephone to allow you to use phone service along with your Internet service.
The splitter is used to split the landline signal and internet signal into two ports to enable both phone and internet with separate cables.