A wireless network in a home, also known as Wi-Fi or hotspot in certain situations, is a method used to permit a lap-top, computer, printer, smart phone, iPhone or other internet capable devices to share and access the internet using the home’s existing Internet account. In this article we will walk you through how to set up Wifi.
In order to setup the wireless network you will need several specific pieces of equipment. They are:
1.Connect the Ethernet cord to your computer or laptop
2.Plug the Ethernet cord into a port on the back of the router. Do not plug into the WAN port.
3.Plug in the power cord to the Router and wait 60 seconds. This will give the router enough time to properly boot up
4.Open a browser on the computer or laptop you connected to the router. A browser will be a software program something like Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer or Google Chrome or Firefox or Safari
5.Once the browser software has been opened and finished loading (usually within a matter of just a few seconds) then within the address bar of the browser, typically located at the top of the browser software window input your wireless routers IP address. Usually the IP address will be digitals similar to the following: 192.168.1.1 however not every manufacturer will use this address so you will want to consult your wireless router manual or examine the router itself to see if the IP address is affixed to a sticker
6.Once you’ve input the correct IP for you given router you will be prompted to enter a USER name and Password. You must input the correct user name and password otherwise you will not be granted access to the settings page of your wireless router. If you wireless router was just bought and you just took it out of the package then you might try something like User Name: Admin and Password: Admin or no password at all. If this is an old router and you don’t know the information you need to either find the login User Name and Password or you need to reset the router by locating a small, often Red colored, reset button somewhere on the router. Once the reset is complete begin this step over until you can access the wireless router settings page.
7.Once you’ve been granted access into the wireless router’s settings page a menu will appear allowing you to select certain programming selections within the router itself. We are going to look for: DHCP, PPoE for DSL, Network Name, Security Encryption Type and Security Keyword
9.Connect your modem to the incoming Internet account wire. For Cable Internet this is a TV jack and for DSL this is to a phone outlet or better, a filter provided by your DSL provider
10. Next, connect the Ethernet cable between the WAN port on the back of the router to the Ethernet Jack on the back of the Modem.
11. Plug in the power to the modem and wait 60 seconds
12. Plug in the power to the router and wait 60 seconds
13. On your laptop or wireless capable computer go to the Network connections feature and perform a search for networks
14. The Network name you assigned in step 7( c ) should come up as an available yet secured network.
15. Select your network and input the key code you setup in step 7 ( e )
Congratulations, you should now be able to surf the Internet. And you can connect other Home Electronics to your Home Computer Network