How To Install Wi-Fi

If you want to have the latest technology in your home, you need to know how to install Wi-Fi so that you can access the internet from anywhere in your home. You will need to go to an electronics or computer store to pick up a few items in order to set up Wi-Fi in your home. Once you install the new hardware and have your Wi-Fi up and running, you will probably wonder how you ever lived without it. Many people use Wi-Fi to access the internet from their laptops and many smartphones are able to use Wi-Fi to get online as well.

A few items you will need include:

  • A wireless router
  • An internet connection
  • Ethernet cable -you'll need 2 (one should come with your wireless router)
  • Software for your wireless router

Setting up Wi-Fi in your home will work best if you have a cable or DSL connection to the internet.

  1. The first thing you will likely need to do is to turn off the power to your DSL or cable modem when you hook it up to your new wireless router. You will need to connect an ethernet cable from the back of your cable or DSL router and plug it into the WAN slot on your wireless router. Most of the time the ethernet cable is plugged into the slot on the back of your cable or DSL modem that is labeled "Ethernet."  The back of your new wireless router will have a WAN port as well as LAN ports. The ethernet cable running from your cable or DSL modem will always be plugged into the WAN port. Most wireless routers require you to turn the power on to the router first and then the power to your cable or DSL modem can be turned back on. Refer to the directions that come with your wireless router in order to perform these tasks in the proper order for the make and model you purchased.
  2. Insert the other ethernet cable into one of the LAN ports on the back of your new wireless router and plug it into the ethernet port on the back of your computer. Many people that are setting up a Wi-Fi connection in their home have both a desktop as well as a laptop computer that they want to be able to access the internet with. You don't have to have both, but you will likely have to install the software for your new wireless router on one of these computers. Turn the power back on to your cable or DSL modem in the order described in the directions that came with your new Wi-Fi router.
  3. You will need to run the setup software that came with your new wireless router. Generally speaking, this software will guide you through a series of steps to help you configure your wireless router. It's good to set up a new name for the wireless router and an alpha-numeric password that is not easily broken. The software will guide you through each of the steps and it will detect your internet connection. The majority of people setting up a new Wi-Fi connection in their homes will be using a dynamic IP address, which simply means that you automatically obtain an IP address from your internet service provider.
  4. Enter a new SSID name for your wireless router. Unless you want everyone on your street to be able to access the internet through your connection, you will want to change the SSID from "default" to a name that you choose and enable encryption so that anyone accessing your network needs to have your password in order to do so. You don't have to make your network secure, but it's highly advisable in this day and age.

You should be all set. You should be able to access the internet from your desktop and laptop computer now if you have both. On your laptop you simply need to locate the new Wi-Fi network and enter the password you have chosen in order to access the internet. Enjoy your new high tech household.



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