A home wireless network is becoming almost a necessity with so many electronic devices that need to access the Internet or share files without having to use a wired connection. Between laptops, tablets, video game systems, smartphones, and Internet televisions or video-streaming devices, things will be so much easier for you if you set up a home wireless network.
Setting up a wireless network at home can be done by the person with average tech skills. Even if you don’t think you can do this on your own, you don’t need to set up a costly and time-consuming in-home appointment with a tech support company. Many highly qualified computer tech support companies can help you set up your home wireless network right over the phone.
The first step is to decide on what type of wireless router you will be using, including what frequency it will use. Most routers use 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n for their frequencies. The most common frequency for a home wireless network is 802.11g. To determine which one is right for you, look at the devices you will be using to access the network, and determine what frequency they require.
What’s next for your home wireless network?
To set up the modem, all you need to do is plug in the wireless modem’s power cord and connect the wireless modem to your Internet Service Provider’s modem with an Ethernet cable. You also will need to connect the wireless modem to a computer with an Ethernet cable, but this can be just temporary. It is only necessary when setting up the wireless network.
Once everything is connected, turn on the computer that is connected directly to the wireless modem. Open a Web browser and enter the address for the wireless modem where you would normally enter the URL for a website. The user manual that came with the modem would have the address that is needed along with the username and password.
Entering the modem’s address will bring up a page that will allow you to set up your home wireless network settings. You will need to create a unique SSID, a administrative password and a WEP/WPA, which is encryption for a home wireless network and prevents people from using your network without your permission.
When this is complete, you can disconnect your computer and connect to your home wireless network. If your computer doesn’t have a built-in wireless feature, you will need to get a network adapter for it if you want to connect to the network wirelessly.
If you are unable to connect to your home wireless network and are unable to determine what the problem is, you may want to get help from a computer tech support company, which will have professionals standing by ready to help you set up a home wireless network with just a phone call.