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Setup a Wireless Network

These days when you talk about setting up a home network, you are more often referring to setting up a wireless network. There are many advantages to setting up a wireless network. Many home users prefer using a laptop and wireless printer instead of the desktop stuck on a desk connected to a local printer. It is far more flexible to be able to move around your house with a light laptop and print your favorite internet article. Also, with the encryption enabled your network is still secure from external wireless devices networks.

The first thing you want to do is to gather the equipment you will need.

  1. Wireless enabled router
  2. Wireless device (Laptop, Printer, Game system,etc.)

You will need to configure you router to connect to your High-Speed modem (cable or DSL).  The best thing to do if you are starting from scratch is to have a device directly connected to the router. You have to do this in order to configure the modem and router first before you connect your other wireless device. This configuration consist of setting the WAN port on the router to receive a dynamic IP address from the modem. You will have to follow the router manufacturers instructions on this.  Once you have the router configured on the WAN port, you will configure the LAN port. On the LAN port, you will have to have a static IP address for the router so the devices can know where to find it. You will also have to set the router’s LAN port as the DHCP host so that the router can distribute IP address to all the client devices on the network. You should also consider setting up security using the routers access list, but we will not go into that in this article. Most routers have a section in their admin page that allows you to turn on the wireless functionality. On this same page you are asked to set up the wireless routers SSID and passkey. These are the two things you will have to enter into the wireless device in order to join the wireless network. Some routers offer a push button action that listens for new devices waiting to join the network. The require you to enter a special number that the router gives you, onto the device that is waiting to join the network. This is a way to work around entering the SSID or passkey.

When adding your selected device to your wireless network, enter the SSID and security key. Your home network is secured from external device and communicating correctly with approved wireless devices in your network.

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