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I just moved into an apartment and signed up for att dsl. Today it was "activated".

I didn't sign up for a modem or installation but a tech came out and left a piece of paper on my door with not much on it. I also got an automated call at work with a temporary user id & password.

There is a cable jack in my room and i have a cm100 cable modem hooked up to it, but I'm not getting anything to work...it doesn't pickup a downstream signal and has nowhere to put in a user/password.

Am I using the right type of modem for dsl Is there something else I should be using that I can pickup locally Do i need to buy a modem from att

Haha, please help....i feel naked without the internet.
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It uses the plain phone line, actually. It's like dial-up, but much more advanced.
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Huh.. Really
The package i purchased was 3 Mbps... I didn't think phone lines could do that.

Also, when I was messing around with the modem on the cable line, I got an automated message that toold me "wait until your service is activated".

Anyways, how do I hook up to the phone line. Is there a dsl card I have to buy. (got any examples.)

(sorry, the question marks on my phone don't work)

Thanks for helping!
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When I had DSL, it was over the phone line. Maybe things have changed, I don't know.

I had Qwest DSL, and they actually gave me an internal DSL modem (like a dial-up modem) and recommended that I use these filter things in between each phone and their wall jacks. However, that was several years ago.
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post #5 of 10
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As always, research prevents panic.... The articles I saw describe exactly what you said TwoCables. I'm going to head to Microcenter and see what they have in the "line" of dsl equipment. (Har har)

With any luck I'll be online tonight. Many thanks for your help!
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I dunno... shouldn't this be AT&T's responsibility? This doesn't seem right to me.
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I know centurylink dsl has us lease the modem, maybe he never signed up for a lease or something along those lines. So they assumed he had his own equipment.

also currently using dsl and the modem that I have is actually external (similar to a cable modem), can't say that I have ever seen an internal one like you described.
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I know centurylink dsl has us lease the modem, maybe he never signed up for a lease or something along those lines. So they assumed he had his own equipment.

also currently using dsl and the modem that I have is actually external (similar to a cable modem), can't say that I have ever seen an internal one like you described.
I bet you're right. I mean, I bet he said that he has his own equipment because he has the cable modem.
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I bet you're right. I mean, I bet he said that he has his own equipment because he has the cable modem.

Yeah ^^ I bought a cable modem off Amazon... thinking it was the right thing for DSL.

I found an AT&T DSL modem from Walmart for $50 and am typing from a working internet connection! Yay! (Although I can't believe the price I'm paying for this speed.. haha)
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Oh! I thought you had to switch from cable to DSL.

Anyway, I'm glad you're connected!!!
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