How to Connect an Ethernet Cable to Dial-Up

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How to Connect an Ethernet Cable to Dial-Up
Use an Ethernet cable in dial-up connection. (ethernet image by Emmanuel Bergère from

Ethernet cable is a networking cable that is used to connect your computer to a router or a modem. It is mostly used in broadband or DSL environments. Dial-up modems typically use regular phone lines. However, if you want to use an Ethernet cable for your dial-up connection, you will need a dial-up router. This will allow you to share your dial-up connection with multiple users. Please note that sharing an already slow dial-up connection will further slow down your browsing speed or download rate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Dial-up router
  • 2 Ethernet cables
  • Phone cable

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  1. 1

    Use a regular phone cable to connect your dial-up modem to a phone line. Insert one end of the cable into the "Line in" port of the dial-up modem. Insert the other end to a telephone line wall socket. If you are using an external modem, plug it to a power source. Wait till the yellow lights start blinking.

  2. 2

    Find a dial-up router. These are not easily available, unlike broadband or DSL routers. Your best bet is to order it online from websites like Amazon, eBay or Make sure the dial-up router has a "RS232 port," which makes it compatible with an external modem.

  3. 3

    Use an Ethernet cable to connect the dial-router with your dial-up modem. Insert one end of your first Ethernet cable to the port that says "Output" on your modem. Insert the other end to the port that says "Input" on your dial-up router. Power up the router and wait till the yellow lights start blinking.

  4. 4

    Use the second Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the router. Insert one end into the "Ethernet" port on your laptop or desktop. Insert the other end into one of the open ports on your router.

  5. 5

    Start your computer. Click on "Control Panel" from the Start menu. Click on "Network and Internet Connections" and then select "Network Connections." Locate the dial-up connection and hit "Connect." Enter password if your dial-up is password-enabled.

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