How Do You Set up Wi-Fi in Your Home?

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To set up Wi-Fi in your home, you need a wireless router; however, one is often provided by broadband Internet providers instead of just a modem. Place the router in a central location so that the signal covers as much of the house as possible. Configure the router, most importantly the administrator password and the network security key. Use this security key to connect devices to the wireless network.

If you need to connect the router to a modem, connect the router’s WAN port to the modem with a standard network cable. Connect your PC or laptop to one of the router’s LAN ports with a network cable. In your web browser, connect to the router’s IP address; this should be provided in the documentation.

Look for the security settings in the menu and change the administrator password. Then, change the network security password. Security level WPA2 and encryption type EAS are recommended. Find these under Network Settings or a similar menu item. Keep both passwords in a safe location. You can also change the name of the wireless network, but be sure to take note of this, as you need it and the network security password to allow devices to connect.

  1. Open a command prompt

    Open a Run window by holding the Windows key and pressing "R" simultaneously. Clear the entry field and type "cmd". Press Enter or click Okay to proceed. This operation opens the command prompt.

  2. Find your default gateway

    In the command prompt, type "ipconfig", and press Enter. Look for and take note of a set of numbers labeled Default Gateway that start with 192.168, 10.0 or 10.1.

  3. Access the setup Web interface

    Open a browser window. Clear the address bar, type in the numbers you found earlier, and press Enter. When prompted, enter the default administrator user name and password for your router, both of which can be found in your router manual.

  4. Go to the wireless settings page

    Once logged in, navigate the Web interface until you reach the wireless settings page. This section is usually labeled Wi-Fi Settings.

  5. Configure your Wi-Fi hotspot

    If your wireless radio is set to Off or Disabled, turn it on or set it to Enabled. Next, set your wireless name or SSID. Select a security mode, WPA2 is recommended, and provide a password. Save your settings. Your Wi-Fi network is now ready for use.