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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Home Internet connections have advanced a great deal in only a few years. It is now easy for almost anyone to get a broadband connection, and wireless DSL installation has become easy as well. Wireless networks are not only useful for setting up multiple computers on the Internet, but also file and printer sharing.
There are three components you will need to set up your wireless DSL installation: a wireless router, a computer with wireless networking support, and a DSL Internet connection.

Wireless Router

The wireless router takes information from your computer and broadcasts it across a unique network. This information could be anything from an email to a Word document or an Internet request. When selecting a router make sure that it is called specifically a “wireless router”. There are products called “wireless access points” that won't do the job of a router, but sound confusingly similar.

Wireless Networking Support

Your computer will need to be able to support wireless networking. Newer computer have this built in for the most part, so check your machines specs and see if your motherboard is set up for a wireless connection. If it is not, you will need to purchase a wireless network adapter.
There are two types of wireless network adapters, USB and PC card based. USB is generally recommended for desktop computers, while PC card based adapters are better suited for laptop computers. It is important that you have an adapter for each computer you intend to place on your wireless network.

DSL Internet Connection

Wireless routers are network neutral, so any of these devices will work on any DSL network. Although your router will supply internal network addresses, your Internet Service Provider may require you to purchase more than one IP to set up multiple computers for Internet use. Your ISP should have this information on their web site, or you can simply call and ask. It is better to get this information before purchasing your new hardware so you will know what other costs may be involved.

Step 1 – Wireless Router Setup

Before beginning, unplug the power cable to your DSL modem. Next, connect your wireless router to your DSL Internet modem. If your PC is normally connected directly to your modem, use that network cable to connect your router and modem. The cable should be plugged into your modems input, and connected to your routers Internet port. The port on your router will be labeled WLAN, WAN, Internet, or something similar. This step places your wireless router between your computers and your modem, allowing all incoming and outgoing signals to be converted to a wireless broadcast.

Step 2 – Configure Your Router

Before your set up your computer with a wireless connection, use a network cable that came with your router and plug your computer directly into your wireless router. Turn your computer on and it should recognize your wireless router and connect.
Now open a browser and type in the address of your router in the address bar. Your router's address will vary depending on the brand that you purchased, and you may need to supply a username and password. The documentation that came with your wireless router will have this information, but the more common brands are listed below:
Router Username Password Address
Netgear admin password http://192.168.0.1/
Linksys admin admin http://192.168.1.1/
D-Link admin ----- http://192.168.0.1/
3Com admin admin http://192.168.1.1/
Now that you have your router's configuration page open, you need to make a few simple changes. First, change your password. All routers of the same brand have the same factory set password, and your needs to be unique.
Once your password is changed, go to the Wireless Security tab of your configuration. Once there, set up your WEP keys. WEP is a wireless encryption standard, and most wireless routers will ask you to enter a password to set up several WEP Keys. These keys are used to identify individual computers on the network, and prevent any non-keyed computers from accessing your connection.
The last step is to setup a unique name for your wireless network. This can be done from the general configuration tab. The wireless network name is also known as the SSID.

Step 3 – Connect Your Computer

Now your computer will need to be set up to access the wireless network. If your PC has built in wireless capability, skip ahead to the next section. If not, it's time to install your wireless network adapter.
First connect your adapter to either a PC card slot, or a USB port depending on what type you purchases. Specific instructions will have come with your hardware. Once this is done, restart your computer. You may be prompted to install your new hardware drivers at start up. If this occurs, your hardware will have a disk containing the drivers you need, and you can install from it.
Once you have your adapter connected properly, it will detect your wireless network automatically. Once this is done, you will be asked which network you wish to connect to. There may be a list of networks detected if your neighbors also have a wireless network set up. Look for the name you gave your network during router configuration and select it. You will be asked for a key, which you can enter now. The key was supplied by your router when you configured your WEP settings.
 
You should now be on your new wireless network, and access the Internet. You can also access other computers on your network if you have file sharing enabled. Remember that individual firewalls may prevent access to files, and might need to be configured to accept traffic from your internal network.

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