5 easy steps to set up a wireless network at your home
You can set up a wireless network at your home to connect to the Internet and share devices such as printers or game consoles. A wireless network frees you from the hassle of using wires to some extent.
Moreover, with a wireless network, you can move around the house while using a laptop without being tied down to a corner due to a wired connection.
Requirements to set up a wireless network
You must ensure that the Windows operating system installed on your PC is compatible with wireless networks. The operating systems – Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 – support wireless networking. Depending on the type of Internet connection, a DSL or cable modem is also needed. Another device that’s required is a wireless router. Modem routers can also be used, which are basically modems with wireless networking capability. Your computer should have an in-built Wi-Fi device or a wireless adapter will be needed to connect to the network.
How to set up a wireless network
Wireless network setup is easy and an article published by Microsoft offers 5 easy steps for this. Here’s a summary of the procedure to set up a home wireless network:
- Ensure that the Internet connection, modem, and router are working correctly. A broadband or a high-speed Internet connection will be required to set up the wireless network.
- Connect your wireless router to the modem which is connected to the Internet. The wireless router will connect to the computer via an in-built Wi-Fi device or an adapter.
- Open the router configuration page by typing the URL in a browser. The URL depends on the brand and model of the router. You will be prompted to enter a username and password to configure the router. On the router configuration page, you will be required to enter your wireless network name, set up a network security key, and provide a few other details.
- You can connect computers and other devices such as printers to the wireless network.
- Once the wireless network is set up, you can share files and devices. You can turn on file and printer sharing from the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel in Windows 7.
Read the detailed instructions to set up a wireless network (Via: Microsoft At Home).