If you have a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer or other wireless device, you might want to set up a home network. A home network provides you with wireless service throughout your home.
If you don’t own or don’t plan on owning a wireless device, the following information will not apply to you.
If you’d like to set up a home network, first make sure you have a working Internet connection.
The process of creating a network varies depending on the types of Internet service and computer. Use instructions provided by your ISP and/or your router to set up your network. The following steps will give you an idea of what to expect:
- Connect the router to the modem. The router is the gateway between the Internet and your home network. It is also the means by which all the devices on your network communicate with one another. If you have a router/modem, you won’t need to connect them.
- Connect non-wireless devices to your router using Ethernet cables. You may also need to connect your computer to the router to complete the set-up process.
- From your computer, you need to create the SSID and password for your router. Your wireless home network is now ready for you can begin connecting wireless devices to.
- Set up sharing and control so that you may allow others to use the network. With Windows 7 clients, this is achieved by creating a HomeGroup, a user-friendly way to create a workgroup. A HomeGroup is a group of computers on a home network that can share files and printers.
- Open each wireless device such as a tablet computer, iPod touch, eReader, etc. Open the application (app) for network setting and select the name or SSID of your home network. The device will prompt you to type in the password for your SSID.
If you encounter any problems setting up your home network, check to make sure the router power is connected and lights are flashing.
The help desk from your ISP should be able to provide helpful instructions or technical support if you can’t resolve a network problem on your own.
NOTE: If you aren’t comfortable setting up a home network, your ISP’s technician may do this or another tech company may do this for a service fee.More Info >>