How Does A Wireless Router Work?
How does a wireless router work? It isn’t as hard to understand how routers work as you might think. A wireless router allows more than one computer to access the internet without paying separate fees for each computer. For example, if you have a PC in your home and you buy a laptop, the laptop can go through your wireless router to access the internet. Routers also allows you to transfer information from one computer to another.
Things you'll need:
- Two or more computers
- Cable or DSL modem
- Ethernet cable
- Types of wireless routers. There are two types of wireless routers. One type of router will connect computers within your household. They usually have a range of up to 100 feet. The other type of router has a stronger signal and will cover a wider range outside of 100 feet. These routers are mainly used in businesses.
- A wireless router has to be connected to a broadband connection. You connect the router through an ethernet cable. Connect the ethernet cable to your cable or DSL modem so the router can receive the signal.
- Once the router is connected through an ethernet cable, it has to be set up. New routers that are purchased in a store come with instructions on how to set it up. The installation wizard will ask you to name your wireless network. It is important to give it a unique name. It is even more important to secure your router by setting up a password. This password should be unique; the longer the password, the better. If you have your router secured, no one in your area will be able to use your connection.
- Once your router is connected to the modem and power supply, set up properly it will begin to broadcast a signal. Any computer within range that has a wireless card installed can pick up the signal. If the router is protected (and it should be), the user of the other computer will need to put in the password you set up. They will only need to do this once.
Wireless routers are very helpful and popular since most homes today have more than one computer. We hope the above information has helped you understand how wireless routers work.