How to Install Cox Internet

by Joshua Duvauchelle

Cox is an Internet service provider (ISP) that provides high-speed cable Internet coverage to consumers. High-speed Internet offers customers numerous advantages over dial-up Internet, including faster downloads and an always-on connection. Learn how to install Cox cable Internet to begin taking advantage of these benefits.

Turn on the Cox-compatible Internet modem. If you are unsure if your modem is compatible with the Cox Internet services, compare its model name with their list of compatible modems (see Resources). If you do not have a modem, you may purchase one from Cox for a small fee.

Locate the 12-foot coaxial cable in the Cox Fast Connect Kit you received when registering with Cox. Plug one end of the coaxial cable into the modem and the other end into the cable outlet in your wall. If you are sharing the outlet with a television, use the included two-way splitter.

Connect the cable modem to your computer using the included Ethernet cable.

Insert the Cox Internet installation CD into your computer. The installation welcome screen will automatically launch. Follow the on-screen prompts to begin the automated installation process. You will need to know your Cox account number, user name and password (included in the Welcome kit) to finish installing the Cox Internet service. Upon entering in all relevant account information, the Cox installation CD will configure your cable modem to successfully activate your cable Internet.

Launch the Web browser of your choice (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Internet Explorer) and begin surfing the Web.

Tip

  • check Purchase the Cox professional installation service (see Resources) if you are unsure of your ability to install Cox Internet.

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About the Author

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.