How to Connect Wireless Routers to DSL Modems

By Felicia Blue

Don't feel intimidated about the terms, wireless routers or DSL modems. After you understand what they are and how they work, they'll actually make sense to you. A DSL modem is what enables you to connect your computer with the world via the Internet. The phone company will come out to your site and set up the Internet connection for you. The wireless router enables to share the Internet connection with other computers in your home or office, send and receive documents to them, and print documents. You can do all of these without using any wires. Connecting a wireless router to a DSL modem is not difficult. Just follow these quick steps:

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • DSL modem
  • Wireless router
  • Ethernet cables

Learn how to set up your wireless router to the DSL modem

Step 1

Turn off the network devices.Make sure the wireless router, DSL modem, and computer are turned off. Disconnect the power cords from the DSL modem and wireless router.

Step 2

Connect the wireless router to the DSL modem.Remove the Ethernet cable that connects the DSL modem to your desktop computer. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into the DSL modem. Plug the other end into the wireless router.

Step 3

Connect the computer to the wireless router.Use the Ethernet cable that came with the wireless router. Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into one of the ports on the router. Plug the other end into the computer's Ethernet port.

Step 4

Detect the router and install the software.Turn on your devices. Your computer should automatically detect the wireless router. Install the software that came with the router.

Step 5

Configure the wireless router.Launch the Internet browser. Look at your wireless router's documentation for the router's address. Type the router's address in the address bar and press Enter. Set up your network's parameters, including password, security, and the unique name for your network.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider investing and installing in a wireless repeater. This will boost your wireless signal strength.

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