How to Connect Two Laptops to One DSL Connection on Verizon

by Marissa Robert

Setting up a wireless network allows multiple devices to access your Verizon DSL connection. With a wireless router, you can set up your own network in your home, allowing you to share your DSL connection, including the available bandwidth between several laptops, tablets and even smart phones. Connecting all of these devices only requires one DSL line. RadioShack offers DSL gateways to connect you to Verizon's hard-wired Internet lines as well as wireless routers from many brands.

Plug one end of a phone cable into your Verizon DSL modem or gateway and the other end into the phone jack in the wall. Do not use a DSL filter. Plug the DSL modem into an electrical outlet and power it on.

Run a Cat5 cable from the DSL modem to your wireless router and plug it into the wireless router. There is a jack, usually off by itself, labeled as the one to connect to the DSL or cable modem. Plug the wireless router into an electrical outlet and power it on.

Plug a computer into your router with a Cat5 cable. Open a web browser and enter the address to configure your wireless router in the address bar. If you have a Linksys router, the address is 192.168.1.1. A Netgear or a D-Link router uses the address 192.168.0.1. RadioShack carries all three of these brands. Adjust any security settings and passcodes, according to what type of security you want on the router. Wi-Fi Protected Access, or WPA, is a more secure network than Wired Equivalent Privacy, or WEP, and it allows you to choose a password, rather than have the router assign you one. You can also change general settings like the name of your network.

Click the "Start" button. Click "Connect to" in the Start menu. Click the network you set up in Step 3 and click "Connect." Enter the password you chose.

Repeat Step 4 on the second laptop.

Tip

  • If you bought a router that shows the Windows 7 logo or says "Compatible with Windows 7" on it, you can use the Windows Connect Now wizard, rather than Step 3. Click the network icon in your system tray and select the brand name of your router from the list of networks to initiate the wizard. Then follow the on-screen instructions.

Items you will need

  • Phone cable
  • DSL modem
  • Wireless router
  • Cat5 cable
  • 2 laptops

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