How to Set Up WiFi

Learning how to set up WiFi is useful for your home Internet needs. A wireless LAN (local area network) is ideal for your home if you own a laptop. Luckily, creating a wireless network is fairly simple. Let's take a look at what you need.

ISP And Modem: If you are already connected to the Internet, but don't have wireless, then you already have two of the main components for setting up WiFi Internet access: an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a modem. The ISP is the company that is providing the Internet. They should have also provided you with a modem that's either cable or DSL.

Routers: Wireless routers, which can be purchased at any major electronics store, are fairly easy to set up. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the box. The first step is to power down your computer and unplug your modem from the computer and its power source. Next, you'll need to connect the modem to the wireless router. For cable Internet users, you'll have to connect them with a cable wire, which should be provided in the router package. DSL users will have to connect them using Ethernet wires. After this is complete, you'll have to connect the modem back to the computer, and plug it into its power source. Now power up your computer, and insert the CD that came with the package. The CD will load up and walk you through several more steps to complete the process, but the steps will depend on your ISP.

Security: When your network is set up, you'll want to make sure you have WiFi security. Password protecting your wireless LAN prevents your neighbors from stealing your signal. The more people using your network, the slower your connection speed will be. It also puts you at a greater risk of identity theft, so it's in your best interest to be as secure as possible. If you read the manual that came with your router, you can find out how to set a password so that anyone who tries to access your signal must log on first.

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