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How do I connect my router to my computer?

You can use a router to connect more than one computer to the Internet. You do not need a router unless you have more than one computer or other electronic devices that you also want to connect to the Internet, such as gaming systems used to play against other competitors online.

There are two types of connections to routers:

With Bright House Networks Home Networking, you are provided with your router, cable modem (or a gateway), coaxial cable, and Ethernet cables, and a technician will come to your home to set up your network for you. For more information, see What is Bright House Networks Home Networking?

What you need to connect multiple computers to the Internet using an Ethernet network:

  • A router.
  • A cable modem (unless you have a gateway instead of a router).
  • A computer that has a network adapter or a network interface card.
    • Most computers today have network adapters built in. If you are unsure, consult the owner's manual that came with your computer. You also can look on the back of your computer to see if you have a network port. Network ports look similar to telephone jacks, but they have eight pins, and they are a little bigger. If your computer does not have a network adapter or network interface card already, you can purchase a network adapter from Bright House Networks or from an electronics retailer. If you are setting up your Internet connection yourself, keep in mind that your network adapter must meet minimum High Speed Internet requirements.
    • You also might need to install the network driver so that your adapter works with your equipment. You will need the installation CD provided when you purchased the adapter. If you need help installing your network driver, consult the manual provided with your network adapter.
  • A coaxial cable.
  • One Ethernet cable for each computer connected to the router, plus an Ethernet cable to connect the router to the cable modem.
  • A power adapter with power cord.

To connect a router to your computer with an Ethernet connection:

  1. Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into your modem.
  2. Plug the other end of that Ethernet cable into the Internet, Uplink, WAN, or WLAN port on your router.
  3. Plug in your router. After 2 to 3 minutes, the Internet, WAN, or WLAN lights up. That is the indication that your router is successfully connected to your modem.
  4. On your computer, click Start, and click Shut Down.
  5. From the drop-down list, select Shut Down, and click OK.
  6. Connect an Ethernet cable to your computer's network adapter.
  7. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to one of the Ethernet ports your router.

  8. Start your computer, and log on (if you require a login after you restart). Your computer automatically detects that you are connected to the Internet. You should be able to open your browser and log in to your router to configure it to work with your computer.
    • If you are a Bright House Networks customer, the technician who sets up your network does this for you. If you are using your own networking equipment, consult the user's manual provided with your router by the manufacturer to find out how to proceed.
  9. Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 for each one of your computers. To add computer devices such as printers or game systems, you might need to consult the equipment user guide provided by the manufacturer for help.

Equipment you need to connect one or more computers to the Internet using a wireless connection:

  • A wireless router.
  • A cable modem (unless you have a gateway instead of a router).
  • A computer that has a built-in network adapter or a network interface card.
    • Most computers today have network adapters built in. If you are unsure, consult the owner's manual that came with your computer. You also can look on the back of your computer to see if you have a network port. Network ports look similar to telephone jacks, but they have eight pins, and they are a little bigger. If your computer does not have a network adapter or network interface card already, you can purchase a network adapter from Bright House Networks or from an electronics retailer. If you are setting up your Internet connection yourself, keep in mind that your network adapter must meet minimum High Speed Internet requirements.
    • You also might need to install the network driver so that your adapter works with your equipment. If you need help installing your network driver, consult the owners manual provided with your network adapter.
  • A coaxial cable.
  • One Ethernet cable.
  • A power adapter with power cord.
  • With Bright House Networks Home Networking, you are provided with your router, cable modem (or a gateway), coaxial cable and Ethernet cables, and a technician will come to your home to set up your network for you.

To connect a router to your computers with a wireless connection:

  1. Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into your modem.
  2. Plug the other end of that Ethernet cable into the Internet, Uplink, WAN, or WLAN port on your router.
  3. Plug in your router. After 2 to 3 minutes, the Internet, WAN, or WLAN lights up. That is the indication that your router is successfully connected to your modem.
  4. On your computer, click Start, and click Shut Down.
  5. From the drop-down list, select Shut Down, and click OK.
  6. Connect an Ethernet cable to your computer's network adapter.
  7. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to one of the Ethernet ports your router. (After your network configuration is complete, this cable can be removed.)

  8. Start your computer, and log on (if you require a login after you restart). Your computer automatically detects that you are connected to the Internet. You should be able to open your Web browser, and log in to your router to configure it to work with your computer. The router has an IP address that you access from your computer using your Web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Safari.
    • If you are a Bright House Networks customer, the technician who sets up your network does this for you. If you need help after the initial installation of your network, Contact Us.
    • If you are using your own networking equipment, consult the user's manual provided with your router by the manufacturer or contact the router manufacturer because the router's IP address, and instructions for logging in and configuring your equipment can differ by router.
  9. Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 for each one of your computers.
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