How can I get my new laptop connected to my DLS wirelessly?

by on February 17, 2010

Q: I have AT&T DSL for my desktop computer. I am getting a laptop and just want it for use around the house. I don’t have a modem or any kind of box. All I have is a yellow cable going from the wall (next to a phone line) to the back of my computer modem.

Everybody says I have to have some kind of box but I don’t! I just want to be able to get on the Internet with my laptop. I don’t want a wireless card or any of that. Just want to use the DSL that I already pay for. What in the world do I do?

Want to be able to take the laptop to different rooms of the house is all. Please answer in laymen terms as I know next to nothing about all of this stuff. Thanks so much for your help!

7 Responses to “How can I get my new laptop connected to my DLS wirelessly?”

    What people are telling you is correct. You would need to purchase a device called a wireless router from a store. It has antenna that will transmit the internet signal through your house to your laptop (which if you purchased it new already has support for wireless internet). Without it you cannot connect to your AT&T DSL wirelessly.

    This would be plugged in between your AT&T DSL modem and your existing computer. A router allows you use have multiple computers to share the same internet connection. A wireless router also will sent the internet signal over the air through your house so your laptop can use the internet without actually being plugged into the router.

    You would still be using the AT&T DSL you’re already paying for, you just need to purchase a wireless router from a computer store or the internet.

    Here an an example:


    We should note that it sounds like you have an internal modem in your computer and It is probably a PCI card.

    What you should do first is contact AT&T and see if they can send you an external modem. Almost all of the AT&T modems come with a wireless router built in so there is a chance you might be able to get this modem/router for free or at a minimal cost. Just call them up and tell them you are getting a new computer and you wont be using your old computer anymore and that your old modem is built into your computer.


    I’m not familiar with Internal DSL modems.

    Buttercup, can you confirm that there is a box between the wall and the computer for your DSL? This box (a DSL modem) would have been provided by AT&T when you started your DSL service.


    That is my problem exactly!!! If you read my post again you will see that I do not have a DSL modem at all. I have a yellow cable running from the wall(put in by At&t tech.) next to a phone jack. Looks like they are comming from the same jack or outlet, and the cable goes to the back of my desktop computer modem.That’s all there is. No DSL modem at all. This is why I am asking what to do to be able to use my desktop and a laptop in the house but in differt rooms. Anotherwords I want to be able to take the laptop anywhere in the house and use it. I want to use the DSL that I am already paying for. Thanks, Guys!!!


    Thanks, just wanted to make sure. See matt’s answer above, you’ll need to talk to AT&T.


    Hay Guys, I just called AT&T and talked to a tech. He said I don’t need a DSL modem just a wireless router. And he explained a little bit about how it works. He said for me to just plug my yellow dsl cable into the wireless router. And my wireless laptop will pick up the signal also. He said that my yellow cable is just like a modem and just plug into the wireless router. Does that make sence to any of you? Thanks for all your help. I will need help hooking up and connecting my computers to the wireless router when I get the laptop. Hope you guys can help me with that also. You’ve been great!!!Buttercup

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    Yes that makes sense. There a lot of ways AT&T could have had set things up for you, but that is certainly one of the easier options for you. Go ahead and follow AT&T’s advice.

    Wireless routers have gotten a lot easier to setup recently, so make sure you follow the instructions to the letter and you should be fine.

    Here is at least one wireless router option to consider: ( I suggest something from either Linksys, Netgear or D-Link are three companies usually make decent products and have decent support.)