Setting Up Your Wireless Network Router

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A home wireless network is a great way to save money on things like cable television and the other entertainment services that come with it. But setting up this kind of network can be quite difficult, especially if you’re not an expert at working with computers and networks.

There are a large number of things that you need to do in order to get your network working correctly. One of the most important things that you will need to do when setting up your wireless network is to find a good connection. By choosing a good connection you will be able to access your wireless network just as you would a local internet connection.

Having a fast connection with no issues is going to be crucial in the long run so you want to make sure that you don’t run into any problems while you’re setting up the wifi system. If you do run into any problems while you’re setting up your network then you should immediately go to the internet and look for some help.

One of the best ways to avoid any problems while setting up your network is to use the same settings for every computer that you’re going to be using. This way you will be able to use the same settings and make the setting selection easier.

The next thing that you should do is set up your computer to connect directly to the internet. This is a very easy process that involves connecting the computer directly to the modem without using a wireless connection.

The last thing that you need to do is install the wireless router. Again, you will want to check the specifications for the network in order to ensure that the router works properly.

You will want to access the internet using the router once you have the necessary connection installed. This should give you access to the internet.

You will need to determine how you are going to use the router in order to properly set it up. In the case of a home wireless network, you should use the same settings for all of the computers that you are going to be using with the network.

After you’ve found the correct settings, then you will need to install the hardware onto each computer that you’re going to be using with the wireless network. After you have done this, you will need to set up the software for the wireless router.

Once you have installed the hardware and software for the wireless network then you will need to configure it. The simplest way to configure a router is to go into the settings and then click on the option for “guest authentication.”

Once you have done this, then you will need to find the option for the wireless network and set up the connection to it. Once you have done this, you will need to search for other wireless networks and then set up the connection with them.

You will need to test each network before you decide on which ones you need to set up. Once you have done this, then you should start to set up each network with the router.

Equipment

  • Wireless router – found online, electronics stores, and sold by Access US. These have a wide price range, depending on the quality.
  • Ethernet cords – found online or at any electronics store such as Best Buy. These can be purchased for less than $10 each and price varies by length.
  • Wireless capability – any desktops and laptops you wish to connect to the wireless internet must be capable of doing so, meaning they require a wireless card or adapter. For desktops it is easier to install a USB wireless adapter than a PCI card. Many newer computers come with a wireless card standard.
  • Broadband internet

Router Setup:

It is safest to have one computer plugged directly into the router. In this way, if security settings were lost, the connected computer will be able to recover them.

  1. Unplug your modem and turn off your computer.
  2. Connect your modem to your router (WAN port) using an Ethernet cord. Routers vary by make so if you are not sure which port is correct, refer to the manual.
  3. Connect the router (LAN port) to the computer with another Ethernet cord.
  4. Plug the modem back in and wait until it is status ready.
  5. Plug in the router and turn it on.
  6. Turn your computer back on and once it is booted up, put in the setup CD. Follow the setup directions and then change the administrator password. Also change your SSID (the name of your wireless network).
  7. Refer to the printed manual that came with your router to learn how to setup WEP or WPA (WPA is preferred) encryption. WEP and WPA encrypt or scramble your data so that others on the internet cannot read it. Make sure to write down the encryption key that the router generates, you will need this to connect the other devices to the network.

Adding Computers: If your computer came with a wireless card installed, you may skip step 1.

  1. Desktop: If you have a USB wireless adapter, put in the accompanying CD and follow the instructions to install the driver. Then plug in the adapter to a USB port, preferably in the back of the computer out of harm’s way. For extra help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hScgrs-hs00 . If you have a wireless PCI card and not a USB adapter, watch this helpful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2iCxPi1o7E
  2. Laptop: Install the necessary software from the setup CD that comes with the wireless card. Turn off (if required) the computer and plug in the PCMCIA card. Start up your computer. For more help: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed6ogT1GGQA&feature=channel_page

*Be sure to follow the instructions that come with your wireless card/adapter as not all are the same.

  1. There should be an icon on the taskbar (usually bottom right of your screen). Right click this and select View Available Wireless Networks. Select the network that you have installed. If you do not see yours, try clicking Refresh. Make sure that you have your wireless is turned on by clicking “Enable Radio”
  2. Match the security settings with those of the router by entering the generated encryption key that you wrote down earlier.
  3. Run Windows XP Network Set up. To run this, click Start > My Network Places > Set up a wireless network for home or small office (on the left). Follow the instructions and repeat this for all network devices and enter the same information.

Congratulations! You successfully installed your own wireless network!

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