How to Set Up a Wireless Network Connection
Wireless network connections are fairly easy to set up and can offer you a lot more mobility in your home environment. Before you consider setting up a wireless network connection it is necessary to obtain a broadband Internet connection from your local cable company. The cable service provider can establish a connection by configuring a high speed cable to your home.
How to Set Up Wireless Connectivity
- Obtain a Router and Network Adapter: Once you have established a broadband connection it is necessary to obtain a wireless router which will serve as the foundation to your broadband connection and convert the broadband connection to a wireless connection. If you have an older computer that does not contain WiFi capability, it is necessary to obtain a network adapter to help your computer establish a connection with the wireless router. If your PC is installed with WiFi connectivity you can skip the purchase of the network adapter.
- Disconnect the DSL: When you obtain a broadband connection, the cable provider establishes the connection via a DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) modem. In order to connect your wireless router you must disconnect the DSL modem and then connect the router to the modem. Once the router is set up then reconnect the DSL modem and allow it to connect to the Internet. You will know it is working when the row of dots light up and start blinking.
- Configure the Router: Before you can complete the connection the router should be configured by entering the URL and identification number into your Web browser. This will pull up the instructions for configuring your router to the wireless network. Keep in mind that the instructions will vary depending upon the brand of your router.
- Network Adapter: If it is necessary to use a network adapter you should connect this device to the USB port in your PC where it will be automatically identified by the Windows operating system.
Place the wireless router in a central location in your home to get the best signal and make sure you set it to a channel other than the channels you use for other cordless devices. If you use the same channel for all devices, then when one device is in use the Internet connection will be interrupted. Also, make sure you secure the wireless connection once it is installed and password protect it to prevent other users from stealing your broadband. Enable all of your firewalls on the network and in the Windows operating system.