Steps to Security a wireless Network
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Setting up a wireless network only takes a few simple steps. It might sound complicated or beyond what you're capable of, but trust us – it's not!
You're going to need a wireless router, a computer or laptop with wireless capabilities (they all do), a modem (cable, fiber, DSL, etc.), and two ethernet cables.
Follow the instructions below to set up the router, configure it for strong wireless security, and connect your computers and portable devices to the network for wire-free browsing.
Note: If your wireless router and other devices are capable of Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), you can connect and configure them with the push of a button, but having WPS set up on your router is a big security risk. See the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) overview for more details or disable your WPS with these instructions.
How to Set Up Your Home Wi-Fi Network
Setting up your home wifi network is easy and should only take 20 minutes.
- Find the best location for your wireless router. Its optimal placement is in a central location of your home, free from obstructions that could cause wireless interference, such as windows, walls, and even the microwave.
- Turn off the modem. Power off the cable or DSL modem from your Internet service provider before connecting your equipment.
- Connect the router to the modem. Plug an ethernet cable (typically provided with the router) into the router's WAN port and then the other end to the modem.
- Connect your laptop or computer to the router. Plug one end of another ethernet cable into the router's LAN port (any will do) and the other end into your laptop's ethernet port. Don't worry this wiring is temporary!
- Power up the modem, router, and computer - Turn them on in that order.
- Go to the management webpage for your router. Open a browser and type in the IP address of the router's administration page; this info is provided in your router documentation (it's usually something like 192.168.1.1). The login information will also be in the manual.