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Connecting a Router and a Modem With an Ethernet Cable

Solution

To connect a modem and router to your computer 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 first need to disconnect your old modem from your cable wall outlet and computer.

1

Connect one end of the coaxial cable to the cable wall outlet, then connect the other end to the modem.

2

Connect the modem power cord into an electrical outlet, then connect the other end to the modem.

3

Connect one end of one Ethernet cable into the back of the modem, then connect the other end into the Wide Area Network (WAN) port on the router.

4

Connect the router power cord into an electrical outlet, then connect the other end to the router.

5

Connect the second Ethernet cable into port 1 on the router, then connect the other end into the back of the computer.

6

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 manufacturer user guides or support websites.
  • You may subscribe to Cox Complete Care or Cox Business Complete Care to receive additional support.

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