How to hardwire a computer to broadband

Written by christopher kennedy
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A broadband Internet connection translates to streaming music, watching movies and playing content-heavy games with instantaneous loading times. A broadband Internet connection can be shared by many users via a wired or wireless connection, but the faster speeds are attained by being hard-wired to the modem or router. Connect your computer directly to the broadband source to see an increase in speed.

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Things you need

  • Wired or wireless router or cable/DSL modem
  • Laptop or desktop computer with Ethernet port
  • Ethernet cable
  • Active broadband service

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  1. 1

    Locate the available Ethernet ports on your computer and router. If you are connecting directly to your modem, there should only be one port.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the cable to your desktop or laptop computer's Ethernet port.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end to one of the Ethernet ports labelled 1, 2, 3 or 4 on the back of your router or to the only port on your modem.

  4. 4

    Test your connection by opening your Web browser and navigating to a website to ensure an Internet connection.

Tips and warnings

  • When purchasing an Ethernet cable, be aware of the transfer speeds and the length of the cable. Make sure to purchase enough cable to comfortably reach from your router to your computer.

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