September 21, 2011

Setting Up A Wireless Network At Home {guest post}


How to Set Up Wireless Internet at Home

Wireless Internet providers can help you set up your own wireless Internet access at home. A few simple steps are all you need to enjoy surfing the Web and connect different devices.
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Here are the things you need for your setup:

An Operating System Compatible with Wireless Networking

If you are using Windows 7, then you already have full support for wireless networking. If you are using Windows Vista, you will need Service Pack 2. In case you have Windows XP, you will need to install Service Pack 3.

Although these updates are not a must for wireless networking access, they make the process easier and safer because of the enhanced protection against worms and different types of online intruders.

A Broadband Internet Connection

Setting up wireless internet requires a high-speed internet connection such as cable or Digital Subscriber Line access. Both cable and DSL technologies require modems, which are usually given by the relevant internet service providers. You normally pay your ISP on a monthly basis.

The way you set up your new internet connection will depend on your operating system.

Windows Vista and Windows 7: Go to the Control Panel and type 'network' in the search box. Click on 'Network and Sharing Center' and then 'Set up a new connection'. Double-click the 'Connect to the Internet' and follow the Internet wizard's instructions.

Windows XP: Go to the Control Panel and click on 'Network and Internet'. Click on 'Network and Sharing Center', 'Set up a connection or network' and 'Connect to the Internet' respectively to access the internet wizard.

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A Cable or DSL Modem Compatible with Wireless Networking or Wireless Router

New cable or DSL modems have built-in support for wireless networking and all you need is to activate your connection by taking the steps your ISP provides. Alternatively, you may use a wireless router that converts the incoming signals into wireless broadcast. In this case, ensure you buy a wireless router instead of a wireless access point. Your router should preferably support Wireless-N (802.11n) or Wireless-G (802.11g) technologies, which are compatible with nearly everything you may need and have great performance.

If you just want to connect devices on a temporary basis, then set up an ad hoc network. The setup steps will depend on your operating system.

A Computer with Wireless Network Adapter or Built-in Support for Wireless Networking

Newer computers have built-in support for wireless networking. If you need to buy a wireless network adapter, however, choose one made by the same manufacturer for your wireless router.


Your Wireless Router Setup Instructions:

Different routers have different requirements. Ensure you have relevant setup instructions for your router. If you do not have a copy of the instructions from wireless internet providers or manufacturer, then go to the manufacturer's website and look for the relevant guides.

Here'’s how to set up your wireless internet and network once you have all required items:

• Connect to your wireless broadband internet
• Connect the wireless router to either your cable or DSL modem. Follow the steps from your ISP if you have a modem router.
• Turn off the modem by unplugging it.
• Connect the router to the modem, ensuring the modem remains directly connected to the internet.
• Plug in the modem and turn it on. Give it a few minutes to connect to the internet before plugging in and turning on the wireless router.
• Unplug all network cables. Plug them into the ports found on the wireless router. Once the router has connected to the internet successfully, its WAN, WLAN or internet light indicator will light up.
• Configure the wireless router

This is a guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website Broadband Expert where you can find wireless internet providers in your area and compare prices on different deals for your mobile broadband needs.

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