How Do You Connect a Cable Modem to a Router?


Quick Answer

You can connect a cable modem to any major brand router with what is called a category 5 cable. This cable carries the connection stream from the modem to a router, which then distributes the signal allowing you to connect multiple devices to the Internet.

Continue Reading
Related Videos

Full Answer

To connect a cable modem to a router, you need at least one cat 5 cable. This wire has matching plugs on each end that look like telephone line connectors, except wider. Connect one plug of a cat 5 cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your cable modem. It should fit snugly and click into place.

Insert the other plug on the cat 5 cable into the input Ethernet port on the back of the router. Although the cable usually only has a single Ethernet port, your router is likely to have multiple ports. One of these ports should be marked for input, and many router manufacturers use a different color for this port to make it easily distinguishable.

When your cable modem and router are both powered on and connected via the cat 5 cable, LED lights should show connection activity. Then you can access the Internet through the router with either wired or wireless connections to computers, tablets or mobile devices.

Learn more about Internet & Networking

Related Questions