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

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What do we do if we need to link a DSL modem and a Linksys router to provide wireless internet? The answer is straightforward and clear: we have to share the DSL Internet link with other devices within a wireless network at our home. This may sound quite easy, but it is not, and not knowing the step by step procedure can be quite frustrating for just about anybody. The best and perhaps only way to link a Linksys wireless router to a DSL modem is to use an Ethernet cable (usually two cords or cables). But not only that, the DSL Internet service needs also to be activated at home by way of the Internet service provider.


So, this is what we need to do for this kind of connection to be enacted:

  • a Linksys wireless router (this is a somewhat pricey but powerful hardware for networking with an excellent Wi-Fi range and unrivaled NAS performance, as well as a superb retro design);
  • two Ethernet cables (or cords which serve to link devices on LANs or local area networks such as for example routers, PCs, or switches – usually a couple of cables are required for the procedure);
  • and a DSL modem for wireless Internet (the abbreviation DSL stands for a digital subscriber line modem which serves for linking routers or computers with phone lines which in turn provide connections to the Internet).

Action 1: The first step is switching off the DSL modem and making sure that you have unplugged the Linksys wireless router. Then you should proceed to disconnect your computer from the DSL modem. Then go to step 2.

Action 2: After that, you need to plug in the Ethernet cable into the port which is located at the back of the PC. Following that, the other end of the cable should be plugged into the wireless router (into the port for the Internet). Proceed to step 3.

Action 3: The third step is this one – what you should do is plug in the second cable into a port (they are usually all numbered) on the wireless router. Then you need to connect the other end of the Ethernet cord at the back of the DSL modem (again into the Internet port). Continue to step 4.

Action 4: The next step is switching on the DSL modem and then linking the power adapter to the wireless router so that it can proceed to switch the power on. Carry on by switching on the PC and opening a window of the browser. Then type in the following IP address in the address bar: (this Internet Protocol address is used by administrators for setting up a new router or to update the settings of one already in use). After this, you need to press the Enter button. After this, carry on to step 5.

Action 5: This step entails finding the tab called Setup, then highlighting the selection marked Basic Setup. After that, you need to choose the sort of DSL which you are using from the menu called the Internet Connection Type. If you are not sure what to do, check this with the Internet provider in order to make sure of the type of connection. On the other hand, if you just can’t find the DSL you need, then choose the Automatic Configuration option. Step 6 follows.

Action 6: When you enter in the username and passphrase in the provided fields which you usually use for getting a connection to the DSL Internet service, then you need to choose the Save Settings option. Then go on to the last step, or step 7.

Action 7: Finally, the last step is to open a new window in the chosen browser, then visit any web page in order to try testing the Internet connection. If there is Internet service, this means that you have set up the router with success. If, on the other hand, the Internet is not working, then you need to either contact your Internet provider and ask for some help for troubleshooting, or you need to read the information about troubleshooting which is offered with the router.

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