Connect Time Warner Cable to Laptop

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All laptops can be connected, either wired or wirelessly (and usually both), to a Time Warner/Road Runner Internet connection. A direct connection is the easiest to set up and does not suffer from the wireless interference and connection drops that can happen with wireless connections. A wireless connection requires a networking device called a router. A router allows you to share a single Internet connection with one or more devices (including laptops) after you've configured the wireless network.

Things You'll Need

  • Router
  • 3 Ethernet cables

Direct Connection

  • Connect one end of an Ethernet cable into the "ETH" port on the back of the Time Warner cable modem.

  • Connect the opposite end of the Ethernet cable into the "Ethernet" port on the laptop.

  • Open a web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox) to test the connection.

Wireless Connection

  • Disconnect the Time Warner cable modem and router from their power outlets. Connect one end of an Ethernet cable into the "ETH" port on the modem and connect the other end into the "Internet/WAN" port on the router.

  • Reconnect the Time Warner cable modem to its power outlet and wait two minutes for the Internet connection to stabilize. Reconnect the router to its power outlet and wait one minute.

  • Insert the wireless setup disc that comes with the router. Follow the on-screen instructions to create a wireless network. You'll be asked to create a network name, assign a password (optional) and configure other settings. After you've created the wireless network, you'll need to connect the laptop to it.

  • Click the "Start" button in the Windows taskbar. Click "Control Panel." Click "Network and Sharing."

  • Click "Connect to a Network." Select the name of your wireless network and enter the password (if any). Click "Connect." After a few seconds, the connection will be established and you will have Internet access on the laptop.

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