How To Share Internet
Knowing how to share internet connections is great for at home and sometimes at work. WiFi networks have become easy to set up for this type of situation. One consideration that is often overlooked however is security. When sharing an internet connection, you should always make sure that you're not putting your computer at risk. There are many ways to share internet access, but these are a few of the simpler ways. Follow these steps to share an internet connection. The steps assume you have access to a wired internet connection that works with a computer already.
What you will need:
- A wired or wireless router, depending on what you want
- Ethernet cable for wired connections
- Computers with wired or wireless network adapters
- Access to a wired internet connection
- Before beginning, if you are at work, make sure that you are allowed to use the internet connection in this way.
- Attach the wired or wireless router to your internet connection using ethernet cable. You should attach one end to the port on the router that is designated for the internet and the other end to the wired internet connection.
- Go to the router set up page. Do this by typing in the address in the router documentation into your web browser.
- Enter the username and password to login to the router if there is one. This should also be in the router documentation.
- You should now find the section on the setup page to change the username and password from the default. This will prevent people from accessing the router and modifying it without your permission. Make sure to write down the new username and password that you enter. On some routers, you can only change the password.
- If you are using a wired router, then you may be all set. Test the internet connection by plugging a computer in to the router with ethernet cable. It should automatically connect. Continue the rest of the steps if you are using a wireless router.
- If you are using a wireless router however, you will want to remain on the router set up page and now enable encryption for the Wifi network. Use WPA encryption if it is available. If not use WEP. Then enter a password for people to use the WiFi.
- Make sure the wireless internet radio on the router is enabled.
- Test the shared internet connection by entering the password and type of encryption you set up on computers with a wireless network adapter.