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Creating a combination wireless/wired home network with a Linksys router
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Steps to create a Linksys wireless home network

You can use a combination of wired and wireless connections to link your computers to the network. For example, you can use an Ethernet cable to connect a desktop computer that is right next to the router, but use wireless network adapters to connect your laptop or computers in other rooms. Since network interface cards (NICs) are less expensive than wireless adapters, this is a way to cut the cost of your network hardware and have a faster connection.

Using Ethernet cables to connect computers that are close to the router

You would generally only use Ethernet cables to connect computers to the wireless network if they are in very close proximity to the router.
  1. For each additional computer being connected to your home network, plug one end of an Ethernet cable into an Ethernet jack on the back of your Linksys router. You can use any port that is not being used. [Show me the Ethernet ports]

  2. Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Network Interface Card (NIC) of the computer you are adding to the network.

  3. figure depicting cable connections from router to pc
    Ethernet cable from router to NIC in computer


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