How to Set Up a Wireless Modem

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Double-check your modem's compatibility with your current Internet subscription before buying if possible. If you find that your modem won't work with your current subscription, try to exchange the modem for a different one that will work, or switch your Internet subscription.

Find your room's cable output. The cable output resembles a metal cylinder with a small hole in the middle and screw threads all around the sides. You'll usually find cable outputs in the wall near the floor in living rooms and bedrooms.

In some cases, there will already be a cable connected to the cable outlet. Decide on a place to mount the modem. The modem should be relatively high up e. You'll also need to have a power outlet nearby. Make sure that you have all of the required cables. A modem generally requires a coaxial cable to connect to the cable output, as well as a power cable to connect to an electrical outlet. Both of these cables should come with your modem, but if you bought it used, you may need to find replacement cables.

If you plan on attaching the modem to a router, you will also need an Ethernet cable. Consider buying a longer coaxial cable if the one that you have is too short to allow you to mount properly your modem. Read your modem's instructions. Each modem is unique, and yours may require additional setup outside of this article's capacity.

Reading your modem's manual will help make you aware of any additional steps that you have to take to install the modem. Attach one end of the coaxial cable to the cable output.

The coaxial cable has a connection that resembles a needle on each end. This will plug into the cable output. Make sure that you screw the coaxial cable onto the cable outlet to ensure that the connection is solid. Attach the other end of the cable to the input on your modem.

On the back of the modem, you should see an input that resembles the cable output cylinder. Attach the free end of the coaxial cable to this input, making sure to tighten as needed.

Plug your modem's power cable into an electrical outlet. A wall socket or a surge protector will do. It's important to plug the cable into the power outlet before connecting it to the modem, since connecting the power cable to the modem first can cause damage.

Insert the modem power cable's free end into the modem. You'll usually find the power cable input port at the bottom of the back of the modem, but check your modem's documentation to confirm if you can't find the power port. Place your modem in its spot.

With the cables attached, gently move your modem into its designated position. You shouldn't feel any resistance from the cables. Attach the modem to a router. If you have a Wi-Fi router that you want to use in conjunction with your modem, plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the square port on the back of the modem, then plug the other end into the "INTERNET" or similarly labeled square port on the back of the router.

As long as the router is plugged into a power source, the router should immediately light up. Give your modem and router a few minutes to boot up before attempting to connect to Wi-Fi. You should first consult your user manual for the computer and modem. Generally, all the settings will be in "control panel" for windows and "settings" for a Mac.

You may also need to enter some settings in a web browser. Not Helpful 3 Helpful Do I need to go through the same process if I replace my modem with the same brand? It depends on how many models up that modem is compared to the last one. It should be generally the same if it is the same brand and not too newer or older than the one you had. Most of the steps should carry over. Not Helpful 2 Helpful I have a leased modem from Centrylink.

Can I return it and buy my own? Yes, you just need to call your ISP and tell them that you have bought a new modem and do not need the leased one anymore. They will tell you how to return it. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 5. Locate the label on the modem that tells you the brand and model number. Do a google search for it and check the features. The first thing to do is encrypt the network traffic.

Each modem's configuration screen should have a clearly marked "Network Encryption" button or something along those lines. There are three main types of encryption: Set a secure password by following the tips in the article linked in the "Resources" section. Change the SSID network name to something other than the default; when networks have the default SSID, it's an open door to hackers because it's assumed that the security is weak.

You can use MAC address filtering, but it's hard to set up if you haven't done it before. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to set up MAC address filtering. Exit the configuration screen and your wireless modem will be configured. Enjoy the freedom that wireless internet brings! How to Set Up a Wireless Modem. Share Share on Facebook. Get great tech advice delivered to your inbox.