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PostSubject: Wireless Network!   Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:04 am

Wireless Network!
4 steps to set up your home wireless network



You can use a wireless network to share Internet access, files,
printers, and more. Or you can use it to surf the Web while you're
sitting on your couch or in your yard. Plus, it's easier to install
than you think.



There are 4 steps to creating a wireless network:



1. Choose your wireless equipment



2. Connect your wireless router



3. Configure your wireless router



4. Connect your computers




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Note
: For Windows XP users, Windows XP Service Pack 2 is not required for
wireless networking, but it does make things much easier. Service Pack
2 also helps protect you against hackers, worms, and other Internet
intruders.







1. Choose your wireless equipment



The first step is to make sure that you have the equipment you
need. As you're looking for products in stores or on the Internet, you
might notice that you can choose equipment that supports three
different wireless networking technologies: 802.11a, 802.11b, and
802.11g. We recommend 802.11g, because it offers excellent performance
and is compatible with almost everything.



Shopping list



Broadband Internet connection

Wireless router

A computer with built-in wireless networking support or a wireless network adapter



A wireless router



The router converts the signals coming across your Internet
connection into a wireless broadcast, sort of like a cordless phone
base station. Be sure to get a wireless router, and not a wireless
access point.



A wireless network adapter



Network adapters wirelessly connect your computer to your wireless
router. If you have a newer computer you may already have wireless
capabilities built in. If this is the case, then you will not need a
wireless network adapter. If you need to purchase an adapter for a
desktop computer, buy a USB wireless network adapter. If you have a
laptop, buy a PC card-based network adapter. Make sure that you have
one adapter for every computer on your network.




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To make setup easy, choose a network adapter made by the same vendor
that made your wireless router. For example, if you find a good price
on a Linksys router, choose a Linksys network adapter to go with it. To
make shopping even easier, buy a bundle, such as those available from
D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Microsoft, and Buffalo. If you have a desktop
computer, make sure that you have an available USB port to plug the
wireless network adapter into. If you don't have any open USB ports,
buy a hub to add additional ports.






2. Connect your wireless router



Since you'll be temporarily disconnected from the Internet, print these instructions before you go any further.



First, locate your cable modem or DSL modem and unplug it to turn it off.



Next, connect your wireless router to your modem. Your modem should
stay connected directly to the Internet. Later, after you've hooked
everything up, your computer will wirelessly connect to your router,
and the router will send communications through your modem to the
Internet.


Next, connect your router to your modem:




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Note:
The instructions below apply to a Linksys wireless router. The ports on
your router may be labeled differently, and the images may look
different on your router. Check the documentation that came with your
equipment for additional assistance.






If you currently have your computer connected directly to your modem:
Unplug the network cable from the back of your computer, and plug it
into the port labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN on the back of your
router.

If you do not currently have a computer connected to the
Internet: Plug one end of a network cable (included with your router)
into your modem, and plug the other end of the network cable into the
Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless router.

If you currently have your computer connected to a router:
Unplug the network cable connected to the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port
from your current router, and plug this end of the cable into the
Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless router. Then, unplug any
other network cables, and plug them into the available ports on your
wireless router. You no longer need your original router, because your
new wireless router replaces it.


Next, plug in and turn on your cable or DSL modem. Wait a few
minutes to give it time to connect to the Internet, and then plug in
and turn on your wireless router. After a minute, the Internet, WAN, or
WLAN light on your wireless router should light up, indicating that it
has successfully connected to your modem.



3. Configure your wireless router


Using the network cable that came with your wireless router, you
should temporarily connect your computer to one of the open network
ports on your wireless router (any port that isn't labeled Internet,
WAN, or WLAN). If you need to, turn your computer on. It should
automatically connect to your router.



Next, open Internet Explorer and type in the address to configure your router.



You might be prompted for a password. The address and password you
use will vary depending on what type of router you have, so refer to
the instructions included with your router.



As a quick reference, this table shows the default addresses, usernames, and passwords for some common router manufacturers.



Internet Explorer will show your router's configuration page. Most
of the default settings should be fine, but you should configure three
things:



1.Your wireless network name, known as the SSID. This name
identifies your network. You should choose something unique that none
of your neighbors will be using.



2.Wireless encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), which
help protect your wireless network. For most routers, you will provide
a passphrase that your router uses to generate several keys. Make sure
your passphrase is unique and long (you don't need to memorize it).



3.Your administrative password, which controls your wireless
network. Just like any other password, it should not be a word that you
can find in the dictionary, and it should be a combination of letters,
numbers, and symbols. Be sure you can remember this password, because
you'll need it if you ever have to change your router's settings.



The exact steps you follow to configure these settings will vary
depending on the type of router you have. After each configuration
setting, be sure to click Save Settings, Apply, or OK to save your
changes.



Now, you should disconnect the network cable from your computer



4.Connect your computers



If your computer does not have wireless network support built in,
plug your network adapter into your USB port, and place the antenna on
top of your computer (in the case of a desktop computer), or insert the
network adapter into an empty PC card slot (in the case of a laptop).
Windows XP will automatically detect the new adapter, and may prompt
you to insert the CD that came with your adapter. The on-screen
instructions will guide you through the configuration process.




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Note:
The steps below only apply if you're using Windows XP Service Pack 2.
If you're running Windows XP and you don't have Service Pack 2 yet,
plug your computer into your wireless router and download and install
Windows XP Service Pack 2.






Windows XP should show an icon with a notification that says it has found a wireless network.


Follow these steps to connect your computer to your wireless network:



1.Right-click the wireless network icon in the lower-right corner of
your screen, and then click View Available Wireless Networks. If you
run into any problems, consult the documentation that came with your
network adapter. Don't be afraid to call their tech support.



2.The Wireless Network Connection window should appear and you
should see your wireless network listed with the network name you
chose. If you don't see your network, click Refresh network list in the
upper-left corner. Click your network, and then click Connect in the
lower-right corner.



3.Windows XP prompts you to enter a key. Type the encryption key
that you wrote down earlier in both the Network key and Confirm network
key boxes, and then click Connect.



4.Windows XP will show its progress as it connects to your network.
After you're connected, you can now close the Wireless Network
Connection window. You're done.




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Note:
If the Wireless Network Connection window continues to show Acquiring
Network Address, you may have mistyped the encryption key.
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