How do I set up a connection to a cable modem with a cable cord?

snarfman

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So I my laptop is upstairs and my At&t Uverse cable modem is downstairs and I believe there is some interference in the ceiling because although the signal always reads as "excellent" often times it seems to run a bit slower upstairs than when i bring it one floor down. I was wondering if connecting the laptop to the modem directly would be more helpful. (I already have a hidden wiring route that I made to run a hdmi cable from my tv downstairs to the laptop upstairs) I bought a 50ft cable cord and was wondering if all i need to do is plug it in or if i have to somehow program the connection so it knows to run through the cable instead of the wireless signal. I don't have a router either...not sure if id need one as they didn't provide one. Detailed help is much appreciated!
 

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Ztruker

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Just plug it in at both ends. It should work fine.

Once plugged in, it will take a few seconds to detect the new wired network and get an IP Address. After that you should be all set.

Edit: You can disable the Wireless if you want. There is either a switch on the laptop or a Fn+Fkey combination to do it.
 

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snarfman

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Thanks...that wireless switch never seemed to matter if the light was on or off, i would always stay connected. Maybe thats because i was only wireless then. Is there a way to view how it is pulling the connection in control panel or something to make sure its using the cable? I wasn't really too sure what to look for in the "view network status" section
 

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Ztruker

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Task Manager, Networking tab will show you which is being used. There needs to be network traffic for it to register on the chart.
 

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snarfman

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Untitled.pngso this is what it shows....not sure how to read it though....i am plugged in with the cable now
 

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Ztruker

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No activity, so nothing to read. If it was being used, you would see jagged, up and down green lines on the graph. Start a large download then look. You can kill the download as soon as you see what you need to see.

Alternative is to disable the wireless, as I mentioned before.
 

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    ATI FireGL V3300
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    Realtek HD Audio
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snarfman

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woops...didnt scroll down enough to show the local area connection...it had the squigly lines
 

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