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Slow dsl I have a BEF SR41 Linkys router with 4 ports. Should the service from my cable modem be pluged into the WAN port for input, or into any one of the four exit ports? Currently I have it pluged into port 1 and I have 2 and 3 pluged into two different computers, and this works fine. the router acts as a terminal switch.My friend says my service from the modem should be pluged into the WAN. When I do this everything almost stops, very slow. Which is the proper way?

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The cable modem should be connected to the WAN port of the router. Then the computers should be connected to any ports from 1-4 at the back of the router.

Once they are connected properly. Reset the router. Just hold the reset button for 10 seconds. Then turn off the modem, router and all computers.

Then you need to turn on the modem first, wait for the lights to become solid green, then turn on the router. Once the WAN light on the router is on, turn on the computers and check if there is internet connection.

If still no internet connection, contact your ISP. They might need to clone the mac address of router to their end.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

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