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Do you need a Coaxial cable for internet?

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    Do you need a Coaxial cable for internet?


    I have no idea why my brain is acting like this lol, but I am thinking of moving my workspace to the other side of the room. However, there is no cable jack on that side and I do not want to have to drag a cable across the floor.

    My cable is plugged into my modem, and my router is plugged into my modem. Is it possible to simply connect wirelessly, without having to connect the coax to the modem? Or is that absolutely necessary? I assume that is how I receive internet, right? Through the coaxial cable? I have other computers that can just connect wirelessly, but this is my "hard wired" main PC, that has the router attached. It is wireless capable, but I prefer to also have a hard wired connection. The router is connected by a yellow cable to the modem, which also has the coaxial cable attached. Then I have my Ethernet connected from pc to router.

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    Just go with either Ethernet over Power or go Wifi. You only need the Coax jack, if you plan on moving the gateway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Just go with either Ethernet over Power or go Wifi. You only need the Coax jack, if you plan on moving the gateway.
    The gateway, being the modem, correct? Yes, I was needing to move the whole setup, including the modem, as I do not want cords across the floor.
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    Again you do not need to move anything. If you cannot run Ethernet. Use a Ethernet over Power adapter. Otherwise use Wifi as I stated in post #2.
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    Trnava
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
    It is wireless capable, but I prefer to also have a hard wired connection.
    In that case buy a longer Ethernet cable and just place it alongside walls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Again you do not need to move anything. If you cannot run Ethernet. Use a Ethernet over Power adapter. Otherwise use Wifi as I stated in post #2.
    I still need to know, does the coaxial cable need to be connected to the modem in order for the pc to have internet. Be it wireless, or hard-wired?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike6623 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Again you do not need to move anything. If you cannot run Ethernet. Use a Ethernet over Power adapter. Otherwise use Wifi as I stated in post #2.
    I still need to know, does the coaxial cable need to be connected to the modem in order for the pc to have internet. Be it wireless, or hard-wired?
    I would think so, as isn't this what is bringing in the service from outside from the service provider, has to be connected to the modem/router.
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    If the modem is what is going out to get the service from your ISP then the computer needs to be connected to it. Unless the modem is actually a gateway with built in Wifi.

    Would help to know what ISP and what gateway/modem you have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    If the modem is what is going out to get the service from your ISP then the computer needs to be connected to it. Unless the modem is actually a gateway with built in Wifi.

    Would help to know what ISP and what gateway/modem you have.
    Some is greek to me, mine is a wireless broadband router, 4 ethernet ports and wireless. Coax cable comes straight to the router from ISP service.
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    jds63 you most likely have a eMTA which allows digital phone service. We call them "Gateways", which is a generic term for them. Yes in reality the unit contains multiple interfaces, but using Gateway instead of Router is better. You find some of the old timers that will call a Router as a "Firewall".
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