When you want to break free of your desk or a table in the basement, you can install a wireless network. Most computers are now coming with wireless capabilities today, which makes building a wireless network all the easier for you, even if you’re not a computer expert. All you need to do is to follow a few steps in order to build your own wireless network, and avoid talking to the customer service department on the phone for hours.
What Network Do You Need?
There are a number of different wireless network configurations that are available for you to purchase, and the one that you purchase for your home (in the form of a router) is going to impact your wireless equipment. To make sure that you buy the right router, you will want to check all of your soon-to-be wireless pieces of equipment. Check to see what their WLAN status is. This will probably be 802.11 and then a letter of some sort. The most common letter that follows is a ‘g’ but it can also be a ‘b’ or a ‘a’ or some other letters as routers begin to get even more complicated. So, you need to make sure that you are finding a router that will match up with the letters that are available on your wireless pieces of equipment.
What Router Do You Need?
Routers are small boxes that will take the signal from your Internet connect (usually DSL or faster) and then convert it into a wireless signal which you can then connect to via your computer or other pieces of equipment. Once you have found out which router you need, you will notice there are other configurations as well as prices you can find. While you don’t want to spend too much on a router, this is a piece of equipment that will last you a long time. So, it doesn’t hurt to spend more than you think you should. Also, you will want to choose a router that has easy install instructions, whenever possible. Some can be hooked up to your Internet connection with just a push of a button, these days.
How Do You Setup the Network?
Once you have the router at home, you will need to follow the instructions in the package. This might include turning on the router and hooking it up to your Internet connection first to establish the right link. Then you will need to setup the network with an identification name or address as well as a password and security level. These can all be chosen based on your needs for the system. Having an additional layer of security is no bad thing, nor is having an impossible password for your wireless network. Then you just need to check on the network to see if it works before you can use your laptop in any room of the house. You will need to connect each of the wireless items to the wireless signal in order to finish the network.