Just last year America contained over 50 million WiFi networks. It has become common enough that most people expect to get easy wireless access at most coffee shops. Even home WiFi systems are beginning to be the norm.
Many people who only have a regular Ethernet cable connection are deciding that it makes sense to add a wireless network in their homes. If multiple people in your household need access to the Internet from multiple devices it’s definitely time to install WiFi.
Internet providers and manufacturers have made it pretty easy to set up wireless access in your home. But if you’ve never done it before there are some things you should know.
The Basics of Home WiFi Systems
WiFi stands for “wireless local area network.” In a nutshell, this creates a small network that allows multiple devices to access the Internet simultaneously at any time.
A household without wireless capabilities will at least have an Ethernet connection for accessing the Internet. This means that any computer or laptop will have to be physically connected to the modem in order to get online.
If you’re considering home WiFi systems you’ll need to add a wireless router to the mix. Make sure to research the speed ratings and customer reviews before making a selection.
Now it’s time to hook up your wireless network.
Installing Your New WiFi
You’ll need to connect your modem to your new router using an Ethernet cable that will probably come with the purchase of your router. You’ll need to connect the modem to the WAN/Internet port on the router.
Keep one computer hooked up to the modem so you can confirm and configure your new router. Your new router will come with a configuration disk which will help you configure the router settings.
You can also open a browser and enter the IP address of the router, which will be located on the side of the unit. This will bring up the configuration page.
Configuring Your Network and Devices
Once you’ve accessed the configuration page you’ll need to establish a username and password. A default username and password will come with the router but you want to secure your network with new names. This will prevent people from piggybacking on your network.
You can now set up other devices like phones and gaming systems to get WiFi access. Most of these devices have a settings page that will allow you to select the new WiFi network and enter the new password.
On computers and laptops, go the network connection settings and you should see the new network come up on a list of networks in the area. Select the new network and enter the password when prompted.
Enjoying Your New Home WiFi
You should now be able to access the Internet from any device inside and even around the outside of your home. Always keep the username and password for your new network written down in a convenient place. Guests can also take advantage of home WiFi systems.
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