Setting up a home wireless network can be intimidating. Here are helpful hints to set up wireless networking in your home.
Step One: Purchase a router. Visit a local electronics store, such as Best Buy, Staples or Radio Shack. Alternatively, a router may have been included from your Internet provider when you signed up for service.
Step Two: Place your router near where most people will use it, to maximize wireless coverage. If your house is big, one router may not be enough.
Step Three: Plug in your router. Once the router is turned on, look for it on your computer’s wireless network list. (Hint—this list can usually be accessed by clicking the wireless symbol of curved lines extending outward in a pie slice shape. Or the option may come up automatically.)
Step Four: Set up your router. Take the cable out of the router packaging and plug it into one of the four ports (but NOT the ones that say Internet or WAN.) Review the router instructions to find the router’s website. Visit that site to change the name of your network.
Step Five: Set your network password. Go to Wireless Security and turn on WEP encryption. Generate a password that’s hard to guess to make sure that no one is using your router that you don’t want to be.
Step Six: Connect to the internet. Take the Ethernet cable from your cable or DSL modem and insert it into the router port labeled Internet or WAN. Unplug your modem from power, wait 1-2 minutes before plugging it in again, and you should be all set!
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