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Setting Up a Wireless Network

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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.

Wireless cards

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 channel.

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!

Adam Mandelbaum  Posted by Adam Mandelbaum on January 7, 2013

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