The connectors that plug into a standard DSL modem are common and familiar to many users. This makes setting up a DSL Internet connection or local area network relatively simple.
The standard DSL modem includes a line-in port that connects to the phone jack in the wall of the building via standard phone cord. One or more line-out ports connect to the standard network or Ethernet cable, which then transmits data to devices on the network--such as a computer or video game console.
The phone cord connector plugs into a port that may read "Line In" or "Line." The label may also describe this as the Internet source. The DSL ports may simply be listed by number to indicate the device's position on the network or, on a modem with only one line out, may be labelled "LAN."
A standard DSL set-up requires a DSL modem that the Internet service provider usually provides. The phone cord and Ethernet cables are standard hardware that the consumer can purchase at any electronics retailer or online store. The connectors on both are similar in appearance--rectangular with a clip on top--and function. The user pushes the connector into the port until it clicks into place, and to remove, the user pushes down on the top clip before pulling the connector out of the port.