How to Install a Wireless Router to DSL Level of difficulty:
There have been drastic changes in the way how home users are accessing the Internet. Unlike before when setting up of home networks to share data and Internet connection was virtually unheard of; today, it is a common sight especially for those that have more than one computer machine. There are a number of perceived advantages associated with the use of wireless networks which may include among others the elimination of messy cables usually related to traditional network environments. This architecture also allows high speed broadband connection sharing in a wider area and with virtually more number of computer machines compared to the 4-port limit for wired connections. Materials Needed:
- Wireless router
- a DSL Internet connection
- DSL modem
- a computer (desktop or laptop) with wireless networking support
To begin setting up the wireless router to accommodate a DSL connection, the DSL modem and the router must be unplugged from the power outlet.
Connect the DSL RJ11 plug into the DSL modem and connect the RJ45 output cable of the DSL modem to the WAN port of the wireless router. This will allow the routing device to convert all incoming and outgoing digital signals to be converted into wireless broadcasts.
Power on the DSL modem and make sure that the indicator light for the DSL signal is turned on. Next, turn on the wireless router and check if the signal from the DSL modem is being detected.
Before the wireless connection can be used, the router must first be configured by using the RJ45 cable and connecting one end to the NIC of the computer with the other end connected to the port of the wireless router.
Power on the computer and the connection to the wireless router should be detected automatically. Launch the Web browser and type in the address of the wireless router in the address bar. The address may vary depending on the router’s brand and check the documentation that came with the device to verify the correct address.
This will launch the configuration page for the wireless router device. Replace the default password as part of best security practices.
When the new password is set, click on the 'Wireless Security' tab and select the type of wireless encryption standard that would be used. The security key will identify authorized computer systems and prevent the hijacking of the Internet connection.
Set up a unique name for the wireless network. This is commonly referred to as SSID which is broadcasted across the network.
After completing the set-up of the wireless router, the computer that will access this connection will need to be set up. If the computer has built-in wireless capability, skip to Step 12.
To prepare the computer for accessing the wireless network, plug the wireless adapter to its corresponding port. Once detected, it will prompt for the installation of the necessary device driver. This driver is usually contained in the accompanying disc.
After the installation process, restart the computer. All wireless networks will be promptly detected.
Activate the wireless adapter and click on the correct wireless network and type in the security code (if necessary) defined during the set-up process for the wireless router.