How to Install a Home Wireless Network
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A wireless network is the simplest means of connecting to the Internet. It allows users greater freedom and flexibility in using their computers and at the same time maintaining a connection with the Internet. What is most amusing about a wireless network is that the user has a network connection without the need of directly connecting a cable to the computer. A wireless network is usually associated with telecommunications network and is implemented via some sort of remote information transmission system. The system uses electromagnetic waves as carrier, similar to the radio waves.
- Internet Access
- Wireless Network Cards
- Wireless Router
Choose a router suitable to the user’s needs. The type of router to be used will usually depend on the size of the area that would be covered by the router. The present standard router is the Wireless G with a speed of 54 Mbps that could effectively operate at a radius of around 75 feet. This standard wireless technology is suitable for small offices and homes.
Choose a wireless network card for each desktop that would be used in the network system. As for notebooks, almost all of these computers have integrated wireless networking cards. To be sure, check the manual to ensure that the laptop has a built-in wireless networking card.
Plug in the power supply of the router and then have it connected to the principal computer. If a wired router has been connected, disconnect it from the computer and set it aside. Try to connect all the modem cables to the wireless router and wait until the wireless router is able to pick up and capture an Internet signal. The router is now ready once all the green lights on both the router and modem are blinking.
The user can now start setting up the wireless router. Turn the power on of the computer with a direct connection with the wireless router. Routers usually have a software disk and drivers with them for installation. Install the software into the computer and then restart the computer.
Once the computer has been restarted, open the Internet browser and then enter 'http://192.168.1.1' in the address bar. A Window then appears asking the user for a username and password. The user usually only needs to type admin as the password but in some cases, both are required to check on the manual for additional instructions.
Once a connection has been made, immediately provide the router with a name and set up the wireless security in order that unauthorized users may not gain access to the bandwidth. Choose WPA2Personal as security mode and then create a password.
Turn off the computer after saving the settings.