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Telikin Tip #6: Tips for Setting Up Internet

Author: Lauren Allegrezza

When setting up your internet connection, you may want your internet service provider, a friend or family member, or service technician to assist you. Whether its just you setting it up, or someone else, here are a few tips to help the process:

Wiresd vs. Wireless

The easiest and safest way to connect to the internet is with a wired internet connection using a specific kind of cable, called an Ethernet cable. Simply connect one end of the Ethernet cable into the computer and the other end into the Cable or DSL modem.

It may, however, be more convenient to use a wireless connection if the computer is not in the same room as the internet connection. The wireless connection is typically encrypted so your messages cannot be read by someone else. Wireless connections can seem to be confusing, but it is really just a matter of making sure there is enough signal strength and getting the passwords correct (link to other post?)

Strong Signal

To check the signals strength on your Telikin, click on the "Settings" button in the upper right hand corner. Then click on the "Network Settings." The graphic will show the available wireless connections and their signal strength. The signal strength really needs to be above 60% to have a reliable, fast connection. You may notice multiple wireless connections on this page, each with a different name. If you live close to other homes, apartments, or townhouses, your computer may be able to pick up the signal from other nearby computer users, and other computers can pick up your internet connection. This reason is why we strongly encourage a password-protected internet. The Cable or DSL installer typically will leave a slip of paper with the Network Name (what your internet connection is called) they assigned to the Cable or DSL modem. This slip of paper will also have the wireless password on it. Always keep the slip of paper in a safe place so that you can find later. Many installers also write the Wireless Network Name and Password on the modem itself. Sometime they will tape a note to the bottom of the modem. Check the modem to see if there is a note with the network name and password.


The password must be the same in both the Cable or DSL modem and the computer. This is how they exchange messages securely so others cannot read your messages. The Internet Service Installers typically leave a slip of paper or a note attached to the bottom of the Cable or DSL router. When you press the "Connect" button you will then be able to enter the password in the computer. It must match the password in the modem exactly. Use capital letters, small letters, and numbers exactly as the appear on the note.

Can't find the Network Name and Password?

You may be able to call you Internet Service Provider to get a copy or a new Password or Passcode. If not then this is where it becomes more difficult and you may want some assistance. Most Cable or DSL modems have a reset button on the modem. When you press and hold the button for 15 seconds, it will reset the password to a Default Passcode or Password. The Default Passcode is usually on the bottom of the Modem or Router. If there is not a Default Passcode or Password, the modem will typically default to not encrypted. You can then connect to the modem without a Password or Passcode. So the most important thing is that little piece of paper from the Internet Installer! Keep it in a safe place where it will not get lost.