A cable modem is a device that connects a computer to the cable television network, which then connects it to the Internet. It handles broadband Internet connection sent through a coaxial cable. The bandwidth of a coaxial cable is much greater than that of standard telephone lines which allows faster cable Internet access.
The following are examples of devices that can be connected to the Linksys cable modem.
• Computer – Connecting a computer to a modem allows it to gain Internet access through a wired connection. If you want to connect more computers, you need a router and perform a MAC address clone.
• Switch – You can connect a switch to the modem’s Ethernet port to provide Internet access to more than one computer. The number of computers that can connect to the Internet depends on the number of ports that the switch has.
• Router – To provide Internet access to more than one computer, you may connect a router to the modem using an Ethernet cable. This will create a wired or wireless network in which other computers and wireless devices can connect to. You can create a network wherein you can connect four wired devices through a wired connection and 32 wireless devices.
• Cable-ready television, VCR players, or set-top converters – If you want to connect these devices to the same cable Internet connection, you may need to use a cable splitter (an optional accessory). Contact your service provider for more information on how to use a cable splitter.
NOTE: In this example, we used the Linksys BEFCMU10 v3 - Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections.