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Troubleshooting a Home Network
Last Updated: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 > Related Articles
Are you having trouble connecting to the Internet through a network in your home? Try these tips to troubleshoot Internet connection problems on a wired or wireless home network.
Check Your Network Connections
Make sure your cable connections are set up correctly.
Refer to the article: Connect a Router, Cable Modem, and Primary Computer
If you are running a firewall software program, temporarily disable it during the router's setup.
- Wired connections to the router: If you are connecting through a wired network, make sure the computer connects into the router. The computer's Ethernet port should connect to one of the numbered ports on the router (1, 2, 3, or 4). Use a standard Ethernet cable (straight-through not crossover cable).
- Wireless connections to the router: If you are connecting through a wireless network, make sure the Wireless USB adapter is not loose where it connects into your computer. Additionally, you need to install the adapter's software (drivers) before using it. If you are connecting through a built-in wireless adapter, verify that it is on and enabled.
If your network is properly set up, you will want to check for loose or damaged Internet wiring.
Restart Your Equipment
Follow the actions below to complete the power cycle process.
- Turn off your computer.
- Unplug the power to your router.
- Unplug the power to your Modem.
- Wait 30 seconds.
- Plug the power back in on your modem and wait 30 seconds before continuing to the next step.
- Plug the power back in on your router and wait 30 seconds before continuing to the next step.
- Turn the power back on for your computer.
After rebooting, try connecting to the Internet.
Check Your Internet Browser Settings
Follow the actions below to ensure your Internet browser settings are set up properly.
- Open your Internet browser.
- Click on the Tools menu at the top of the window.
- Select Internet Options.
- Click on the Connections tab at the top of the window.
- Make sure the Never dial a connection setting is selected.
- Click on the LAN settings button.
- Make sure the “Automatically detect settings” checkbox is not selected.
- Close your Internet Options window.
After verifying your browser settings, check for an Internet connection. If you are still unable to access the Internet ensure your cable modem has connected to the Cox Network in accordance with your modem user manual. See Cox Compatible Cable Modems for links to Modem Troubleshooting.
View Manufacturer Troubleshooting Support
For additional troubleshooting support or information on your home networking equipment, visit the manufacturers' pages below.
Troubleshooting Issues Connections
|USB adapter will not install|
When installing the Wireless USB adapter:
|Increasing wireless network range|
Range is often dependent on environment:
|Connect gaming systems to network||For help connecting a gaming console to the Cox High Speed Network see the article titled: Gaming Consoles With Cox High Speed Internet|