Are you thinking about installing a wireless network in your home? If so, than what you're going to need is a wireless router! A home router has many advantages and is really very easy to set up. If you're looking for an easy way to connect the computers in your home and be able to use your computer from any room in the house, then a wireless home router is exactly what you need.
To setup a home network and along with it a wireless network, you're going to need to purchase a few items. First, you're going to need to get a broadband internet connection. If you already have internet in your home then you probably already have this. If not, then you might be on dial-up or simply need to contact your local cable or internet provider and see about getting broadband installed in your home.
Next, you're going to need to get a router. What a router does is enables multiple users to simultaneously use the internet. And since we're talking about setting up wireless in your home, you should consider getting a home wireless router. We'll cover the wireless part here in a bit.
Finally you're going to make sure you have a desktop or laptop computer with wireless capabilities. If not you may need to get a wireless adapter for your computer.
Once this is done you need to setup your home wireless router.
Most routers come with great instructions and even a CD that will walk you through setting this up. Follow along with our Home Router Setup Guide for a more in depth look at how to setup your home router.
When you first begin setting up your wireless router, you'll need to connect the WAN port it to your broadband modem. This modem will be given to you by your internet provider. Next connect one of you computers to the one of the LAN ports on your home wireless router. For the initial setup of you router you will need to connect using a wire. You should have an ethernet wire or cable that cable with your home router if not most computer or hardware store sell them.
Once the home wireless router is connected it must be configured. Most modern home routers come with an intall disk to make it very easy to setup and configure. Simply follow the insturctions and you should be up and running in no time. If you completely frightened by this step or are not a tech whiz, you may want to call a professional to configure it. Configuring your home wireless router can be the hardest part of installing it. However once this is done you never have to mess with it again.
Now are almost ready to begin using your home wireless network.
Where to put the wireless router. For the best wireless coverage throughout your home, wireless router should be installed somewhere in the middle of your house. This will ensure optimal wireless signal reaches to every part of your home.
If any of your computers does not have built-in wireless capabilities then you will will need to also install a wireless adapter. The easiest to install is a usb adapter and can be used for both laptops or desktop computers. After you have connected your computer to the wireless network you can connect to the internet from anywhere in your house.
Home wireless routers are great tools that enable you to do other tasks apart from getting you on the web. With all of your computers networked, you can now share files, music, movies as well as peripherals like printers or scanners. This can lead to great cost savings as multiple printers and scanners don't have to be purchased.
One final note about security.
In order to prevent unwanted access to your wireless home network you need to password protect it. This is done be enabling WPA2 or WEP on your router. These wireless protocols ensures a high level of security and prevents unwanted users from accessing your network.
This may seem complicated but it really isn't that hard at all. Once you have a wireless home network you will wonder how you ever lived without it. So much is possible with the use of a home wireless router. Hurry and get yours now!