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How to Connect a Cable Modem to a Wireless Router


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First the Internet revolutionized communication, and then wireless technology changed how we use it. Wireless routers allow us to not only use the Internet almost anywhere; they also allow multiple devices to use a single Internet connection without the hassle and expense of wiring the house or building. If you want to join the couch computing club, you need to set up a wireless router to work with your cable modem.

  • Disconnect the cable modem’s power cord.
  • Look at the back of the modem. Locate an Ethernet port. It looks like a phone jack, but slightly larger, and may be labeled “Ethernet,” “Eth” or “Link.”
  • Connect a Category 5e Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port. It only goes in one way — again, like a telephone jack — so be sure it’s right.
  • Look at the back of the wireless router. There may several Ethernet ports. If there are, locate the one that is by itself. It may be labeled “Internet” or “Modem.”
  • Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to this port.
  • Connect the power cords for the cable modem and wireless router. Take care not to mix them up.
  • To set up security for your wireless router, you should open a Web browser and go to the router’s local configuration page, often or Check your router’s manual for the correct address.
  • If it’s not working and you are getting frazzled, my advice is to walk away and come back with a fresh perspective.

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