How to Set Up a Wireless Network For Your Home

Having multiple computers at home can be made more convenient if you set up a wireless network. This will allow you to connect to the other computer even without having to be physically in front of that other computer.

You should have the requisites first-your computers, a DSL connection, a wireless router, wireless PCI. If you are using a laptop, it should have wireless PCMCIA card. But in the latest models of laptops, this has already been built-in. As for your desktop, you can direct a LAN cable to the router provided that the router is positioned close to it or make it wireless ready by purchasing the wireless PCI card.

Step 1: You need to connect the wireless router first. Turn off your computers first and concentrate on connecting this. Remove the Ethernet cable from the modem you currently have and plug it at the back of the router. The end part is still connected to your computer but leave it as it is for configuration.

Step 2: In the package containing your router, there is another Ethernet cable. Connect it between the WAN port of the router and the Ethernet port (where the first cable used to be located) of your modem. Switch the modem on to check if it is picking up internet signals. If green or red lights appear, it is already picking up signals.

Step 3: Now you can plug the router to the power source and wait for it to boot. It will undergo diagnostics first so wait for it to process. Afterwards, blinking lights will start to appear. Now you can turn on your desktop computer.

Step 4: The next step is configuring the settings of your router using your computer. The router comes with a manual and small disc. Insert the disc on the CD-rom and follow the start-up guide. Enter the WEP and WPA information needed. You can find this in your manual. Make sure you change the default settings of the router and keep the password. If you want to make your network more hacker-proof, you can also change the SSID name.

Step 5: Switch on the wireless connection of your laptop and enter the password. If it is not wireless ready, you can install the PCI card. This is also the same with your desktop computer. But don’t worry, the latest computers are already wireless-ready. After that, you are now ready to make a local area connection and connect all your computers in one network.

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