Alternate Ways to Connect Your Coax Cable
As summarized in the Quick Start guide, one important connection is the coaxial cable connection that carries your cable Internet service to your MT8733. Here are the main ways you can make that connection:
- Use the loose end of an available active coaxial cable from your cable service provider. Plug the loose end into the Coax jack of your cable modem.
- If there’s an active coax jack in your wall, connect a coax cable between that jack and the Coax jack of your cable modem.
- Use an active cable that’s plugged into one of your televisions. If you still want cable TV to go to that TV set, you can get a coaxial splitter and two cables of the right length. Make sure the splitter supports 5 – Make sure the splitter supports 5 - 1000 MHz, or if you use MoCA, 5 - 1675 MHz.
Connecting Devices to Your Cable Modem/Router
You can connect computers, smartphones, tablets, game consoles, security cameras, streaming media devices (like Roku, Chromecast & AppleTV), Smart TVs, and other devices to your cable modem/router.
You can connect these devices either with an Ethernet cable (a wired connection) or via WiFi (a wireless connection).
An Ethernet connection is normally a faster, more reliable connection than a wireless connection. To make an Ethernet connection, you need a device with an Ethernet connector and a cable to connect between that device and your cable modem. In some cases, this may be impossible because of the location of the devices. In those cases, or if the device doesn’t have an Ethernet connector, you will need to create a wireless connection as described on the next page.
Connecting a Device via Ethernet
To make the connection at the Ethernet-capable device, simply plug in one end of the Ethernet cable to an Ethernet jack on the device. At the cable modem, plug the other end of the cable into any of the cable modem’s LAN jacks. You can connect up to four devices by using the four LAN jacks. Note: LAN4 is a 2.5GE port
Connecting a Smartphone, Tablet, or Other Wireless Device via Wireless
You will need to enter your Model MT8733’s wireless network name (SSID) and password into each client device that you want to connect to your network. If you haven’t changed the factory settings, you can find these on a label on the bottom of your modem. If you have changed the network names and/or passwords, use your new values. Note that if you have disabled band steering on your MT8733, you will need to specify separate network names and passwords for the two WiFi bands at 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Band steering is enabled by default. To learn more about changing your wireless settings, click here
If you want to connect devices to a Guest Network, use the Network Name and Password for that network. To learn more about setting up a guest network, click here.
Wireless devices vary, but they all have a Wireless Settings area. First, make sure to turn ON the wireless connection on your client devices. There you should first select the wireless network you want, namely the wireless network name or Guest network name of the MT8733. Now enter the password for your wireless network. Make sure to turn wireless ON on your client devices. Normally that’s all you need to do.