How to Connect a Wireless Router

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When connecting a wireless router, it's important to have access to the instructions that came with the router. Connect an Ethernet cable to a modem with help from a Web designer in this free video on computer and Internet tips.

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Hi, I'm Noah and today we're going to learn how to connect a wireless router. First of all, it's always important to follow the instructions that come with your router. First of all, you'll need to connect one end of your Ethernet cable into your cable or DSL modem. This is easy to do as there's no chance of making any error, since the Ethernet slot is much larger than the phone slots, and your Ethernet cable wouldn't fit into the phone slots. Then, simply connect the other end of your Ethernet cable into your router. Now here you have to be more careful because there will be other Ethernet slots made for plugging in computers, and one separated one for plugging in your Ethernet cable that's linked to your modem. Then, plug in the end of your power chord into the back of your router as well. Now you might need to install some software onto your computer from the supplied CD that comes with your router. On the CD will also often find colorful, and picturized instructions on how to do these different cable plug-ins. Finally, once you're done connecting all the cables and installing any necessary software from your CD, you can plug in the other end of the AC adapter into your wall. You'll now notice lots of lights start flashing on your router, meaning that it's connecting. Now the connection between your computer and the wireless router can either be established if your computer has an internal Wi-Fi card, which is now supplied on most new laptops, or if you don't have one, then you'll need a USB wireless adapter like this one. Before using one of these wireless USB adapters, you'll definitely need to install the driver from the CD that's supplied with it. It's also possible to connect to your computer through ano...another Ethernet cable simply by plugging one end of it into one of the other Ethernet sockets on the back of your router. Then connect the other end of this Ethernet cable into the back of your computer.

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