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How do I connect my modem to my computer?

To connect your modem to your computer:

  1. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment to establish your connection:
  2. If your computer is on, turn it off, and unplug it from the power source.
  3. Connect the coaxial cable to your cable outlet.
  4. Connect the other end of the coaxial cable to the Cable connector on your modem.
  5. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port (or network adapter) on your computer.
  6. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the modem.
    • The Ethernet port looks like a phone jack, but it has more pins. The following image shows the rear panel of an MTA.

    Ethernet Port

    Click the image to view a close-up of the Ethernet port.

  7. Insert the power adapter cord into the power port on the back of the modem.
  8. Plug the power adapter cord into an electrical outlet in the wall. The modem begins an automatic search to locate and sign on to the broadband or wideband data network. This process can take 3 to 5 minutes. The modem is ready for use when the appropriate LED indicator on the front panel stops blinking and is solid. The LED is usually labeled Cable, Online, Link, Cable Link or Link Status.

  9. Turn on your computer.

Did You Know?

  • If you cannot connect to the Internet after moving your modem to another outlet, you need to Contact Us to restore your connection.
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