A broadband connection can be configured for wireless connection if you have the networking equipment. The easiest way is to use a wireless router that will distribute the Internet connection over a wireless network. Some people assume that this is a complicated task, but the steps in setting up a wireless Internet connection is actually easier than many think.
Things You'll Need
- Wireless router
- Ethernet cables
- Computer with wireless capability
Prepare your network equipment. Plug an Ethernet cable into the "Internet" port of the modem. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into the "Internet" or "Ethernet" port of the wireless router. Place the wireless router where it can emit a decent signal. Avoid placing it under cabinets or near walls.
Plug another Ethernet cable into the first numbered port of your router. Plug the other end of the cable into the Ethernet port of your computer.
Turn on the computer, modem and wireless router. If you are using a laptop, enable its wireless capabilities. Some laptops have buttons that you need to press to turn on its wireless feature.
Place the wireless router installation CD into the CD/DVD-ROM of the computer. Follow the installation instructions and wait for the router configuration screen to appear. Assign a public name, or "SSID," and a security password if you do not want unauthorized people to access the wireless connection. Remove the Ethernet cable that connects the computer to the wireless router when router configuration is completed. Reboot the computer.
Connect to the wireless connection. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Network and Internet" and then "Connect to a Network" under "Network and Sharing Center." Click the name of the network and type the password key to connect.
Tips & Warnings
- Note that if the computer you are using is not wireless-capable, you will have to install a wireless network adapter so that the computer can detect a wireless signal. If you have a laptop computer that has a CF slot, a wireless PC/PCMCIA card will do. If you have a desktop computer, you may have to install an internal wireless card.
- Consider the brand of router and network adapter you have. For instance, if you have a D-link network adapter installed, consider purchasing a wireless router of the same brand. A wireless router with a different brand name, however, will still work with a network adapter that carries another name.
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