How to Make a Wireless Connection With a Motorola Surfboard SB5100


The Motorola Surfboard SB5100 does not have built-in wireless networking, but you can connect this modem to a wireless router to create a wireless network for your computers. You don't need to purchase a specific brand or type of wireless router to work with your Motorola Surfboard SB5100, but the router type may affect your overall wireless network connection speed.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Wireless router installation disc
  • Connect your Motorola Surfboard SB5100, and wait for it to power on and establish an Internet connection.

  • Connect your wireless router to power. Connect the Motorola Surfboard SB5100 to your router by unplugging the modem's Ethernet cable from your computer, and inserting it into the "Modem" or "Internet" port on the back of your wireless router.

  • Connect an Ethernet cable to the router. Attach this cable to your computer's network card. Insert the wireless router's installation disc in to your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions once the disc auto-runs. Each computer has a specific installation procedure, but generally you will create a wireless network name, choose the type of security the wireless network uses and establish a wireless network password.

  • Disconnect the cable between the router and the computer. Double-click the wireless network icon in the computer's system tray and select the network you just created. Click "Connect." Type the password twice and press "OK" to connect to the Internet through your Motorola Surfboard SB5100 wirelessly.

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