There are instances when it may be necessary to directly connect your computer to the modem that Shaw provided for your Internet service. Scenarios include:

  • Your modem is online but you cannot connect via WiFi
  • Your modem is online but you cannot obtain a working connection through your 3rd party router (Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc.), either by WiFi or through a wired Ethernet connection to that router.
  • When performing a speed test, a direct connection to your modem ensures the most reliable results and will simplify the process of troubleshooting the cause of slow internet speeds (software, 3rd party equipment, etc.).


Did You Know?


Depending on the age of your Shaw equipment you may have either a Shaw wired modem or a Shaw wireless modem (most likely). To identify the type of modem that you have see the following Equipment Guide.                                                                                                                                        

Learn More: Shaw Internet Modems - Equipment Guide                   

Setting up a direct connection

To directly connect your modem into your computer you will need access to your Shaw Internet modem and will need to use an Ethernet cable (was included with your Shaw Internet modem).


  1. On the back of your modem, locate the port labelled either Ethernet or 1 or LAN1 and connect the Ethernet cable into this port. For reference, here is a photo of an Ethernet cable although the colour of the cable can vary. 

    Ethernet Cable


  2. Connect the other end of this cable into the Ethernet port on your computer to establish a connection. For reference, please see the illustration below for a highlighted (red) view of a typical Ethernet port. 

    Ethernet Port


  3. Disconnect the black power cable from the back of the modem.
  4. Reboot your computer. (Power your computer off, wait 10 seconds and turn back on).
  5. Reconnect the power cable into the back of the modem and allow a short period of time for the modem to come online.
  6. Be sure to disable any wireless connections on your computer to ensure your only connection is sourced from this newly established Ethernet connection.
  7. You may now test the connection to confirm proper operation.

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