Wireless networks are becoming more common every day. You can hardly go to a
coffee shop or bookstore without seeing a sign advertising its Wi-Fi setup.
Additionally, many homes have their own wireless networks due to the increased
use of Smartphones and multiple computers.
Why Set One Up?
Wireless networks make connecting to the Internet and accessing
information on multiple computers much easier, especially with laptops. Setting
up a wireless connection in your home will allow you to use the portability of a
notebook computer to its full capacity. You can enjoy online connectivity
anywhere in your home without having to worry about finding a jack to connect
to, or trailing a cord with you everywhere you go.
How Do I Do It?
- Buy a wireless router. This is generally a box with two antennae on
it, one for sending signals to the computers on the network, the other for
sending signals to the Internet.
- Plug the router into your cable (or other) modem, which should be
turned off at the time of setup.
- Set up a hardline (optional) for a desktop computer. You can plug
another Ethernet cable directly from the router into the computer.
Any recent (under three years old) computer should come
with a wireless card already installed. If one or more of the computers that you
want to connect to the network lack a wireless card, you'll need to purchase and
install one for each computer.
Once everything is hooked up, turn your
modem back on and wait for it to connect with the service provider. Turn on the
router and wait for it to configure itself.
TIP: You may need to switch the channel
your router is on if you live in an apartment building or other close quarters.
Most routers come out of the factory set to channel 6, but multiple routers in
one building can cause disturbance for each other if they are on the same
Additional Network Information
- Your operating system or the driver software you installed with your
wireless card should have a program designed to detect wireless networks.
- Using the codes on the side of your router, the wireless card will be able
to securely connect with the router, and others will not be able to leech off of
your wireless connection.
- It's a good idea to rename the network and come up with your own
password--many hackers know the factory presets.
Having a wireless
network set up in your house is a pleasant and relatively inexpensive
convenience. Any problems you have setting up the network can aided by your
Internet service provider. Enjoy the convenience of a wireless network!