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August 7, 2013 8:55:14 AM

So before I go any further, I'd like all of you to know I'm a dummy at this. So when you type out your response, please dumb it down so I can understand everything. With that being said, I'm not too sure how to set up ethernet. I've identified the ethernet jack in my room, but how do I go at connecting my computer?

Would I just plug in my ethernet cable, and connect my computer to it? I've read many things about this, but I understand peanuts about this sort of stuff.
In case hardware is something which comes to play, my router is a SMC-SMCD3GN router. My modem is a linksys (I'm on vacation atm, so I don't know which one it is, but it is a VOIP box essentially).
Thank you

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August 7, 2013 9:06:43 AM

It depends on how that ethernet port is wired, a lot of those ports tend to fit ethernet cables, but are only wired for phone lines. You would have to contact your landlord or previous owner as to what was wired. Otherwise your computers ethernet will have to be plugged directly into your modem or router.
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August 7, 2013 11:53:10 AM

boosted1g said:
Is this a single family home or is this an apartment?

Where is your modem and router at?

There should be some sort of centralized junction point where all the network cables from the wall come together, do you know where that is, or have access to it?


My computer/room is on the 2nd floor, while the router/modem are by the stairs on the first floor. The junction point would be in the basement, three rooms down from those stairs.
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August 7, 2013 3:23:58 PM

Ahh, so just two more questions.
If I were to do that, would my wifi get affected due to the router being in the wifi? If so, should I buy a second router?
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August 9, 2013 2:57:43 PM

Ahh, so having my router in the basement wouldn't affect my wifi browsing in the 2nd floor :)  My router is the SMC-D3GN, and is a wireless n (phew).
Q1, I believe the house is about a quarter acre in size
Q2. The router is in the center (middle floor/ground floor, middle)
Q3. The router is the SMC-D3GN
Thanks for being so much help :) 
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