In this article, we'll show you how to set up your new wireless router so that you can enjoy computer Wi-Fi access all around your home. With many internet broadband providers now supplying free networks routers with a subscription, this guide will be useful for anyone who has just signed a new internet contract.
A router is the key component in setting up your home wireless network.Most modern wireless computer network routers have an integrated DSL cable modem. If your router does not have a modem, then you'll need to purchase one if you wish to access the internet.
Setting up the router software
Plug your phone line, via a filter into the DSL or WAN socket on your new router. BT wireless routers use a colour coded system to make this a simple task.
Insert the power lead and connect the router to a computer via an Ethernet port. The Ethernet connection is only used during initial setup, so after the software setup is complete, you'll be able to use the device as a wireless only device.
Where to set up the router? When you have set up the software as described in the next step, you'll need to find somewhere to mount your router. Try and mount it in a central location in your house. Every time the signal has to pass through a wall or door, it gets weaker so position it in such a way that it has the fewest walls to pass through. Tips Mounting it halfway up a stair case is a good position for homes that are split across two or more floors. If you have need a strong signal because you wish to access the internet in a large garden, then you may need to upgrade the antenna on the router or consider buying a remote router relay unit.
Securing the router It is important to secure your wireless network to protect the data you send over it. This is generally done through the wireless router's homepage. For most models, this can be accessed through the address 192.168.1.1 - use a standard web browser to do this. If this is the first time you are setting up your network, you may need to perform this step through an Ethernet cable as described in the last step. Adhering to the WPA protocol Try and use the WPA security protocol if possible, as it is more secure and allows you to use a easy-to-memorise password phrase rather than the 26 digit hexadecimal code which is used with WEP security keys. Important to remember Make sure that all of your devices have Wi-Fi network adapters and enjoy the freedom of your new wireless network!