How to Set up a Wireless Home Network – Windows and Mac

Internet has lured us to connect all our devices to the World Wide Web. Whether it is at home, office, restaurant or a hotel the first thing you do is check for an available wireless network and connect to it. Devices are so dependent on the internet that they are rendered almost ineffectual without a data connection. At home, the ease of connecting your devices to the internet wirelessly so that you can use your device wherever you want without having a bunch of wires follow you is one of the best things. Follow these steps to set up a wireless home network:

  1. To set up a wireless connection you should have the following things:
  • An internet connection and a modem
  • A wireless router
  • Wireless network adapters

 

  1. To begin with you must set up your modem and your internet connection. If your internet service provider did not set it up for you then you must go through the manual that came with the modem to set it up. If your internet connection is already established through the modem then proceed to the next step.

 

  1. Position your wireless router at a place where it will get the strongest signal. Keep it in a central position so that devices can connect from anywhere in the house. Make sure that the router is in a place with fewer obstructions between your computer and router.

 

  1. Securing your wireless network is very important as well. Your network’s signal can reach beyond your home and others may have access to it as well. Secure your network in the following ways:

 

  • Your router comes with a default username and password. This information can be used by someone to access your router. Changing these details will help you avoid this. Follow the instructions mentioned on the manual of your wireless router.
  • Set up a security key to secure your network so that others cannot access it unless they know the key. Follow these instructions:

Windows:

  • Click on start and go to the control panel. Look for network and sharing center and click on it.
  • Select set up a new connection or network
  • On the next screen choose set up a new network and click on next.
  • Go through the wizard to create a network name and security key. Depending on your router, the security key may be default to Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA or WPA2). It is recommended that you select WPA2 for higher security. Enter a password of your choice and proceed.

Mac:

  • Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences. Now choose the Network icon and select your WiFi connection. Click on Advanced.
  • On the advanced page, click on TCP/IP. You will find your router’s IP address here.
  • Take this IP address and enter it in the address bar of your web browser. When prompted, enter the login details to access your router’s interface.
  • Look for Wi-Fi settings. Depending on the router, it may appear on the first page or you may have to look for it in a different tab.
  • On the Wi-Fi settings page you will see SSID or network name. Both are the same – they tell you your network’s name.
  • On the same page you will see password or passphrase. Type a password for your Wi-Fi network and click on Save or Apply.

 

  • Use a firewall to protect your network from malicious software. Many wireless routers come along with a firewall, alternatively your computer may have firewall too which can protect your computer.

 

  1. The final step is adding computers to your network.

Windows:

  • Click on the network icon which is in the notification area.
  • Choose your network from the list of networks and click on connect.
  • Enter the security key that you created earlier.

Mac:

  • Look for the wireless adapter icon which is next to the clock on your desktop.
  • You will see a list of Wi-Fi networks. Look for your network name and click on it.
  • You will be prompted to enter the password. Type in the security key and click on Join. If you are successful, you will find that the wireless adapter icon has turned a darker color and the signal strength will be displayed.

That is it. Your wireless network is ready and you can connect device to it and enjoy the freedom of wireless browsing.

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