How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Router With Cable Internet

By Raul Avenir

A wireless local area network or LAN basically consists of a computer with a wireless network adapter and a wireless router with broadband Internet connection. Wireless connections save money by avoiding costly and time-consuming network cable installation. This type of setup also allows computers and printers to be moved freely within the router's broadcast range, providing a big advantage when it comes to mobility. You can learn how to set up a Wi-Fi router with cable Internet and enjoy the benefits of having a Wi-Fi network.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with wireless network adapter

Step 1

Unplug the power cord of your cable modem and connect your Wi-Fi router to your modem.--If your computer is not connected to the Internet: Plug the network cable that came with your router into your modem and plug the other end of the cable into the Internet, WAN or WLAN port on your wireless router. --If your computer is currently connected directly to your modem: Unplug the network cable from the back of the computer and plug it into the port labeled Internet, WAN or WLAN on the back of your router. --If your computer is connected to your wired router: Unplug the network cable connected to the Internet, WAN or WLAN port from the wired router, and plug it into the Internet, WAN or WLAN port on your wireless router. Unplug any other network cables from the wired router and plug them into the available ports at the back of your wireless router.

Step 2

Turn on your cable modem, wait for about five minutes to give it time to connect to your Internet service provider and then turn on your wireless router.

Step 3

Connect one end of the network cable that came with the router into your computer's Ethernet port and then connect the other end of the cable into any one of the open network ports at the back of the router that is not labeled "Internet," "WAN" or "WLAN."

Step 4

Read the instruction manual that came with your router and notice the step-by-step instructions on how to configure your wireless router. Different brands of routers have varying steps on how to configure their router, but all wireless-router-configuration methods basically ask you to provide the following:--Your SSID or wireless-network name. Choose a unique name.--Wireless encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) paraphrase.--An administrative password to control the wireless network.Open your Internet browser and type in the website address provided by the manufacturer in the instructions manual for configuring the router. Enter the necessary information and follow onscreen prompts to finish the configuration process.

Step 5

Restart your computer and check your wireless connectivity by browsing the Internet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Print these instructions to be able to see the procedures, since you will be disconnected from the Internet while installing a wireless router.
  • Newer computers may already have wireless capabilities built in.
  • If you need to purchase an adapter for a desktop computer, buy a USB wireless network adapter.