Equipping your home with a properly functioning Wi-Fi router makes it much easier to surf the internet via your laptop or tablet. However, setting up a Wi-Fi network can be intimidating if you are unfamiliar with the technology. Follow these basic steps to setup Wi-Fi in your home.
Choose a Wireless Router
A wireless router is a device that communicates between the internet and your wireless devices. If your wireless plans simply involve sending emails and surfing the internet, a basic model is a good choice. If you are planning on playing games online, want to connect storage devices or printers to your network, or want extra security options, look into a premium model. Be cognisant of which bands your router requires. In general, single-band routers are adequate for simple networks, while more complex arrangements benefit from having dual bands.
Connect Your Wireless Router
Once you choose a router it is time to connect it to your network. Choose a secure place to keep your router that is near a power source. Power up the device and turn off your modem. Use a network cable (most routers include this cable as part of the purchase) to connect the router to the modem. Use the port on your router labelled "WAN" or "Internet."
Configure Your Security Settings
Secure your Wi-Fi network against unwanted intruders by configuring its security settings. Open a web browser and input “http://” followed by your router's default IP address. Log into your account using the default username and password. Both the IP address and the login information should be in the literature included with your router. Create a new password for your administrative account as well as a new name for your router (look for the box that says SSID). Finally, construct a secure password to use when connecting a device to your network.
Test Your Wi-Fi Network
Test your Wi-Fi network from several locations in your home to ensure easy access and usage. First, connect your preferred device to the network using your password or phrase. Once connected, take note of the signal strength. Check the strength at several different locations around your home. If you find that the signal weakens substantially in certain areas, you may wish to move your Wi-Fi setup to a more central location.
Connect Other Devices to Your Network
Connect laptops, tablets, phones, and other wireless devices to your network by choosing your network and entering your password through the device's options screen. Many gaming consoles can be connected similarly, as can printers with built-in Wi-Fi capability. Your television may also be capable of connecting to your network: look through your on-screen menu options to find out more.