Learning how to connect your router and modem is one of the most crucial, yet also most simple, parts of building your home network.
Once you have all the required equipment, you pretty much just have to connect them together in the correct way.
Before You Cable Up
There are a number of things you will need before you can connect your router to your modem. You will need:
- A router
- A modem
- An Ethernet cable to connect your modem and your router
- An extra Ethernet cable to connect your router to your computer
- A coax cable to connect your modem to the internet
- Network device (laptop, PC etc)
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Access Your Router
If you wish to set up your router or make any adjustments to your network, you will need to access your router’s GUI. To do this, first, plug an Ethernet cable from your router to your computer. Then open a web browser and type in your router’s default IP address.
The default IP address will be in your router’s manual. If for some reason you can’t find the router’s default address, you can try one of the common default IP addresses used for routers.
Some common IP addresses used by routers include:
You can also find a list of common IP addresses here.
After accessing your router, you will then have to log in.
Like with the IP address, your router's ID and password will be in the manual. If you can't access your manual, you can try one of a range of default passwords and IDs commonly used by router manufacturers.
Hopefully, after reading this article you should have no problem connecting your modem to your router. It is generally a fairly simple process, although if you are still unsure about any of the finer points, please leave a comment below.
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