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Video:How to Set Up a Wireless Network

with Don Schechter

Toss out your Ethernet cables and plug in to a wireless network. A wireless network setup will give you more freedom and added convenience when using your network devices. Learn how to easily set up a wireless network.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Set Up a Wireless Network

Hi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today, I will show you how to set up a wireless router.

If you are building your first home network or you are re-building your home network you very well might want to go all-wireless. You'll need to make sure that all your computers and network devices either have built in wireless support or you may have to install wireless cards.

Where to Install a Wireless Router

Try to install your wireless router in a central location within your home or office. Computers that are closer to the router, in the same room for example, receive better network speed than computers located farther away.

Connect the Wireless Router to the Internet

First, connect the wireless router to a power outlet and to a source of Internet connectivity. You may be connecting your wireless router to a cable modem. All wireless routers support broadband modems, and some support phone line connections to dial-up Internet service.

One easy way to know if your router is wireless is if you see an antenna. This is a standard router that is not wireless. You can connect hubs, other routers, and switches to a wireless router. Keep in mind that although a hub is a small and inexpensive network device, switches provide better automated control of your network.

Access the Wireless Router

Once your router is on and plugged into your internet connection you'll need to access it. Go to a Web browser and follow the instructions that came with the router to connect to it. You'll likely type in 192.168.1.1. Your documentation should have the username and password necessary to access this information. The default username and password may be admin for both.

Create a Name for the Wireless Network

You should create a unique network name. This name is often called the SSID. Your router and all computers on the network must share the same SSID. Although your router comes with a default name such as Linksys or Netgear, it's best to change it. You don't want someone next door to have access to your network. Make sure your network is password protected; otherwise, someone can come along and slow down your connection.

Set Wireless Network Preferences

Lastly, follow the router documentation to enable WEP security, turn on firewall features, and set any other recommended parameters. If you do not know what something is, and don't have any documentation telling you to change it, I recommend just leaving everything as is.

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