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Connecting a Router and a Modem With an Ethernet Connection

Last Updated: Tue, 26 May 2015 > Related Articles

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Summary

Learn how to connect a router, a modem, and a computer using an Ethernet cable.

Solution

To install a new modem and router using an Ethernet cable, you need the following items.

  • Modem
  • Router
  • Two Ethernet cables
  • Coaxial cable
  • Modem and router power cords

Before installing your new modem, you need to disconnect your old modem from your cable wall outlet and computer first.

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  1. Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the cable wall outlet.
  2. Connect the other end to the modem.
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  1. Connect the modem power cord into an electrical outlet.
  2. Connect the other end to the modem.

    Note: Most modems are always on and don't have a power switch. If there is a power switch on the modem, turn it on.
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  1. Connect one end of one Ethernet cable into the back of the modem.
  2. Connect the other end into the Wide Area Network (WAN) port on the router.
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  1. Connect the router power cord into an electrical outlet.
  2. Connect the other end to the router.
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  1. Connect the second Ethernet cable into port 1 on the router.
  2. Connect the other end into the back of the computer.
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Check the modem and router lights to confirm they have power, and connect to the network and your computer. To learn more about which lights should be on for your specific devices, refer to the user guides.

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