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How do I disable wireless capabilities on my modem

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    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Is it a modem/router unit?

    If so, what model is it?



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Hi louanne,

If your modem/router was provided by your internet service provider (ISP) you may check the configuration with them. Your modem/router wireless capabilities can be disabled by accessing the device. You should be able to get the IP address, default gateway and the username and the administrator password. Your computer should be hardwire to the modem to get the ip address or the default gateway.



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