How to Activate 2Wire Wireless Internet

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Many services that provide wireless Internet connections these days will offer a "gateway" type of connection device that is essentially a modem and router combined into one device. It means you only need one device, instead of two connected to each other, to use the Internet. These devices also enable wireless connections that can be used by computers and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Enabling the wireless connection in a 2Wire is simple, and only requires access to the device's control panel.

  • Open a new browser window and access your 2Wire modem by typing "http://192.168.1.1" in the address bar and pressing "Enter." If this does not work, type "http://gateway.2wire.net" in the address bar and press "Enter."

  • Log in to your 2Wire control panel, click "Broadband Link," then click "Wireless Settings."

  • Type in a network name or replace the one that is already there if you want a custom name. This is what will be displayed on people's computers as they look for available networks to access. Choose any "Wireless Channel" you want, but note that if you have any other wireless devices in your home that use the same frequency, they may conflict.

  • Check the "Enable" box next to "SSID Broadcast" and "Wireless Network Security." Choose "WPA-PSK" for the Authentication type, then choose to enter a custom password. This should be at least eight characters long.

  • Click the "Save" button. You should now be able to see your wireless network and connect to it.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's always a good idea to password-protect your connection to prevent anyone from using it. Your computer will have the option to save the password, so you'll only need to type it in once.
  • Editing any modem/router settings without prior knowledge of the system could cause errors or problems with your Internet connection. Do not edit any settings unless you are performing troubleshooting steps instructed by a professional.

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