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How do you set up a home network?

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To set up a home network, you must purchase a wireless router and connect all of your devices to it. The most common reason for a home network is so multiple devices in your home can share one Internet connection.

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How do you set up a home network?
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  1. Purchase a wireless router

    Routers vary based on how powerful and dependable you want them to be. Generally, high-end routers perform better and have wider wireless coverage than lower-end routers. For a large home, you need a router with a wide wireless reach. Those in a smaller home who do not spend a lot of time on the Internet may be able to get by with a cheap router. Your Internet Service Provider may provide you with a router.

  2. Connect the router to the Internet

    Wherever your wireless connection comes in is where you should hook up your router. The Ethernet cable, which looks like a phone plug, hooks into the router.

  3. Connect each device to the router

    On each device, follow the instructions for connecting it to the router. For devices running Windows, go to Settings, choose Network, select the name of your home network, put in the password and click Connect. For mobile devices, go to Settings, choose Wi-Fi, select the name of your home network, put in the password and click Connect.

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