How to Connect a DSL Modem & a Linksys Router for Wireless Internet

By Fahlen Brown

You can connect a Linksys wireless router to your DSL modem for a wireless network in your home.
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In order to share your DSL Internet connection with other computers in a wireless home network, you must connect your DSL modem to a Linksys wireless router. While this seems like an easy process, knowing the instructions for hooking your Internet connection to a wireless router reduces the frustration during set up. The Linksys wireless router should be connected to the DSL modem using an Ethernet cable. Your DSL Internet service should also already be activated in your home by your Internet service provider.

Step 1

Turn off your DSL modem and ensure the Linksys wireless router is unplugged. Disconnect the DSL modem from your computer.

Step 2

Plug the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of your computer. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Internet port on the Linksys wireless router.

Step 3

Plug a second Ethernet cable into one of the numbered ports on the Linksys wireless router. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Internet port on the back of the DSL modem.

Step 4

Turn on your DSL modem. Connect the power adapter to your Linksys wireless router and allow it to power on. Turn on your computer and open a browser window. Type into the address bar. Press "Enter."

Step 5

Under the "Setup" tab, highlight the "Basic Setup" selection. From the "Internet Connection Type" menus, select the type of DSL you are using. Check with your Internet provider to confirm your connection type if you are unsure. If you cannot find your DSL, select "Automatic Configuration."

Step 6

Type in the username and password that you use to connect your DSL Internet service in the fields provided. Select "Save Settings."

Step 7

Open a new browser window, and test your Internet connection by visiting a web page. If you have Internet service, you have successfully set up your wireless router. If your Internet does not work, read the troubleshooting information provided with the wireless router, or contact your Internet service provider for troubleshooting information.