A router allows multiple computers to share one Internet connection, either with Ethernet cables or wireless. Here are the basic steps for hooking up a generic router on a DSL connection:
- Step 1. Connect a regular telephone cord from a phone jack to your modem (usually the "DSL" port). Also make sure the power cord is connected to the modem.
- Step 2. Connect an Ethernet cord from your modem to your router. The router will usually have a specified port for the modem labeled "modem" or "Internet". For help connecting your 3rd party router, consult the manufacturer's documentation. There will also be a power cord required for the router.
- Step 3. Now you can connect any computers into the remaining Ethernet ports on the router as well as connect devices to your wireless network. Your router may have additional configuration required and it's best to use the support documentation provided by the manufacturer.