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There are two ways to connect a computer to your High-Speed Internet network: by wireless connection and by wired connection. This article explains how to set up a wired connection. Simply choose your operating system to begin:

Windows or Macintosh.

Obtain an IP Address Automatically: For a wired connection, you will need to make sure your computer is configured to obtain an  IP address automatically by following these instructions. Select your computer operating system from the list.

If you have one or more computers located close to the router, you can use an Ethernet (RJ-45) cable to plug each computer directly into the back of the router. Connect one end of the cable to the computer's network interface card (NIC) and the other end to an empty port at the back of your High-Speed Internet modem.

If you have more computers than you have ports on your router, you can add an Ethernet hub or switch to expand the number of ports. Simply run another Ethernet cable (or a crossover cable) from the "Uplink" port of the new hub or switch to a yellow Ethernet port on the router. For help in buying an Ethernet hub or switch, we recommend you consult your local computer store and explain what you're trying to accomplish.

Connecticut Customers: If you are not sure which device you have, look for a sticker on the device with information that includes "2WIRE" or "Motorola". Then pdf-icon read these instructions for connecting multiple computers.

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