Cox Cable sells a service for high speed Internet access. Each subscriber to that service receives a cable modem device from Cox; that device bridges network packets between the subscriber’s local (personal or business) network on one side, and Cox’s fiber optics/coaxial infrastructure for transmitting cable TV and Internet contents on the other side. Most cable modem models available through that route do not have wireless capabilities. You can, however, configure your Netgear wireless router to provide a wireless network on top of the wired Internet connection provided by Cox.
- Turn on the Netgear router. Connect an Ethernet cable to its “WAN” port; connect the other end of the cable to the Cox cable modem.
- Connect the computer to any of the numbered ports on the back of the Netgear router, using the other Ethernet cable.
- Launch a Web browser on the computer and navigate to the configuration menus for the router. The Web address depends on the router’s model. For example, for a Netgear WPN824, the address is “192.168.1.1”.
- Configure the basic characteristics of the wireless network. For example, for a WPN824, click “Wireless Settings.” Enter a name of your choice for the wireless network into the “SSID” field. Select the region of the world where you are using the pull-down menu next to “Region,” then select “g and b” from the “Mode” pull-down menu. Click “Apply.” At that point, the Netgear router will be ready to provide a wireless network on the Cox connection.
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