Are you trying to figure out how to connect your devices at home, but you are not sure what you need and how to do it? You don't really need to bang your head on the wall to figure this out. This article will provide you with steps on how to set up a LAN for your home or business.
What is a LAN?
Definition of LAN It's a way to connect multiple devices together. Today, you may find LANs everywhere. They are at your favourite coffee shop, your work, and even the libraries. They help you to connect to the world that we call the internet. For those who don't like acronyms, LAN means 'Local Area Network'.
Equipment needed to create a network.
The best place to start is with a router. It will be the heart of your network. It could be wireless or not - it doesn't matter. A router is simply used to give your devices IP addresses and will route any traffic to where it's supposed to go. It also allows you to connect a LAN and a WAN together.
If you do not have a wireless device, you will need LAN cabling. A LAN cable is called a CAT5 or CAT6.
Networking switches Networking switches might be useful if you have to wire more than 5 devices onto your network. There are different size for switches for wired networks. You can find some with 8 ports and some with 48 ports. The price will vary with the amount of ports available.
Network card Each computer should have a network card. These days, most computers have internal network cards, but if you need one, you just have to drop by your local computer store.
How to set up a LAN
Most routers available at your local computer store will have an automatic LAN set-up. You might need to add some password and security, but this can be done after everything is plugged in together. If you have internet, connect one CAT5 or CAT6 cable to your internet modem, and then, plug the other end in the router on the internet port. Your router should have a port that is separated from the others. IP address After your computer is plugged in your router, it should receive an IP address automatically. You should have access to your network. Now, you can plug all your other devices to your newly found network. Follow your router's manual The best way to connect everything is to follow your router's manual. It should provide you with all the information that you need to get started.