Many DSL and cable Internet users opt for Netgear modems to translate the digital DSL or cable signal into a usable Internet signal for their computers. Those same people often choose to use a Linksys router to connect all of their computers either via an Ethernet or wireless connection. Both Netgear and Linksys routers have basic installation components that make connecting the two pieces of equipment relatively easy. A degree in computer science is not a requirement to connect Linksys to Netgear.
- Place the Linksys router in close proximity of the Netgear modem. Try to set up the router within a foot of the Netgear modem. The shorter the Ethernet cable used to connect the equipment the less signal degradation you experience with the Internet connection. Do not exceed a distance of three feet.
- Turn the Netgear modem off by unplugging it from the electrical outlet. If the Linksys router is powered on, remove the power cable from the electrical outlet to power it off.
- Connect the Ethernet cable to the Netgear modem by plugging the Ethernet cable jack into the Ethernet port located to the right of the DSL port or Coaxial cable jack. Push the cable plug into the port until it snaps into place. Connect the other end of the Ethernet port into the “WAN” port located on the back of the Linksys router.
- Plug the Netgear modem in and allow it one minute to completely connect to the Internet Service Provider. Plug the Linksys router in and wait until the light next to “Internet” and the light next to “Wireless” lights up.
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