How to Make a Cable Modem Wireless

By Ryan Angus

The amazing speed of cable modems allows you to enjoy all the Internet has to offer, but what if your modem jack is not located where you want to have your computer? Or, what if you have a laptop that you use in various places in your home? Are you doomed to be stuck Internet surfing in one place? The answer, thankfully, is no. With wireless modems and routers, you have the flexibility to use your Internet connection wherever you want in your home, and, the best part is, they are really easy to set up.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router

Making Your Cable Modem Wireless

Step 1

Check your modem to make sure it is working properly. Look at the lights panel to ensure that all of the necessary lights are on, and use your computer to verify your ability to access the Internet.

Step 2

Place the wireless router on top of or beside the cable modem--either way is OK, as long as they are close together.

Step 3

Connect the router to the modem with a networking cable. This cable needs to be plugged into the outgoing port of the modem and into the main input port on the router, because the Internet signal will be going from the wall to the modem and then to the router (which will transmit the signal through your house).

Step 4

Plug the power cable into the back of the router, and then plug the cable into an outlet or power strip. Give the router about 30 seconds to go through its light cycle.

Step 5

Try connecting to your Internet with a laptop or other device equipped to connect to the Internet wirelessly. If you cannot connect or find your network, you may need to reset your modem and router so that they can "see" each other. To do a reset, turn off the modem and router and wait at least 30 seconds. Turn the modem on first and let it complete its light cycle. Then, turn on the router and wait for it to complete its cycle. After this, your wireless devices should be able to connect to the Internet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a wireless router that best fits your needs; make sure it has enough range to reach all of the places in your home where you want to have Internet access.If you live near lots of other people, be sure to password protect your router to ensure the safety of your network.