Home networking basics

Introduction
Experience the Internet anywhere in your house with a wireless home network. It’s as simple as plugging a router into your home’s Internet connection. Let us show you how.

Home Networking 101
Stream a movie from your computer to your HDTV. Print a photo from a laptop upstairs to a printer downstairs. Surf the web on your mobile phone using your home’s Internet connection. These are just some of the things you can do with a home network.

A home network lets you connect Internet-ready devices, such as computers, mobile phones and gaming consoles, so you can conveniently share files, connect to printers and surf the web anywhere in your house. You can choose to set up a wired home network, in which case you connect using cables, or a wireless home network that works via radio signals.

Here's what a typical home network may look like:

Home Networking 101

To set up a home network, you need a router. You can sign up for our BELD HomeNet WiFI service and we can do all the work for you, or you can purchase and manage your own home network. A router is a networking device that lets your other devices share the same Internet connection through your cable modem.

When you connect your computer directly to your cable modem, you’re assigned a unique IP (Internet Protocol) address. This is essentially your address on the Internet. Should you reconfigure your home network, or buy a new router, you’ll need to release your IP address first. Otherwise, our servers won’t recognize your new router or reconfiguration.

Follow the steps below to release your IP for your cable modem or digital voice modem (eMTA).

For cable modem users:

  1. Shut down your computer.
  2. Disconnect the power supply from your cable modem.
  3. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from your cable modem.
  4. Connect the Ethernet cable for your router (link port) to the cable modem.
  5. Connect the Ethernet cable for the port recommended by the router manufacturer to your computer.
  6. Turn on the cable modem and allow it to cycle through and lock onto the network (approximately 90 seconds).
  7. Turn on your router and allow it to cycle through (approximately 90 seconds) — at this point, the router has obtained a new IP address from us.
  8. Turn on your computer. You’ll notice the computer now has the private IP range provided by the router.
  9. Configure your router in compliance with the manufacturer's guidelines.

For BELD Voice modem users:

  1. Shut down your computer.
  2. Disconnect the Ethernet cable from your cable modem.
  3. Connect the Ethernet cable for your router (link port) to the cable modem.
  4. Connect the Ethernet cable for the port recommended by the router manufacturer to your computer.
  5. Power cycle the BELD Voice modem by removing the battery cover, removing the battery and power cord (approximately 90 seconds). Then reinsert battery and plug the device back in.
  6. Turn on your router and allow it to cycle through (approximately 90 seconds). At this point, the router has obtained an IP address from us.
  7. Turn on your computer. You’ll notice the computer now has the private IP range provided by the router.
  8. Configure the router in compliance with the manufacturer's guidelines.