Setting up a Wireless Network Easy and Stress Free
A wireless network will make having multiple computers at home convenient for you. This kind of network will allow you to have a connection with other computers even if you’re not in front of that other computer. Of course setting up a wireless network will require some work first. Before that you need to have the basic equipment namely the computers, a wireless PCI, a wireless router and, of course, a DSL connection. Laptops usually have a wireless PCMCIA card built in but desktops may need a direct LAN cable connected to the router or have it wireless-ready by using a wireless PCI card.
1st Step in setting up a wireless network is to connect the wireless router. As your PCs are powered off, make sure you focus on the router. Unplug the Ethernet cable from the modem and have it plugged into the back of the router. Leave the other end still connected to the PC for configuration. 2nd Step is to connect the router using its very own Ethernet cable (it came with the router’s package). You connect this between the WAN port of your router and to the back of the modem, specifically in its Ethernet port. Switching the modem on and waiting for green lights to appear will ensure that the modem is picking up signals. 3rd Step will be powering on the router with its own lights. When this is done, switch on the desktop PC. 4th step to setting up a wireless network is to configure the router’s settings using your PC.
If you check the router’s box, it came with both a manual and a CD. Just insert the CD in the CD-ROM driver and follow the start-up wizard. You can enter WEP and WPA (Network Passwords) if you want. You can also find this in the manual. With this you can also change your SSID. Last step in setting up a wireless network is to make a local area connection and connect all PCs in just one network.