Wireless routers, whether set up in a home or business, allow computers and devices to connect to one another and the Internet wirelessly. This assumes that these computers and devices are appropriately equipped with wireless adapters as most modern ones do.
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Your router will likely include installation software, either on a CD or available as a download. You may need a wired network connection as part of the installation.
If your router came with installation software or a download, the first step is to install the software on your computer and follow its prompts. The on-screen instructions will walk you through connecting the router. Make sure to follow the steps in the order presented. You’ll be prompted to change the default network name and password, an important step to guard your wireless network from hackers and freeloading neighbors.
If your router did not include software, or if you want to try a direct install without the software, Microsoft Windows will generally walk you through the setup process. The steps vary slightly based on the version you are running. In general, the steps are as follows:
You can also configure most routers manually, completely bypassing both Windows and the installation software.
No matter which method you use to set up your new wireless router, always make sure to create your own network name and password. You may even want to turn off the broadcasting of your network name so that it is not easily discoverable by passersby. Your network password should be strong, too. Make sure to include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
Once your wireless router is set up, you can now connect other wireless computers and devices to it. The steps are simple, find the network from the list of available networks (or enter its name if you disabled broadcasting) and enter the password you just created.
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