How Do You Set up Wi-Fi at Home?

How Do You Set up Wi-Fi at Home?

Set up the Wi-Fi capabilities of a wireless router by logging into its Web interface and modifying its wireless settings. Because of variations in Web interface layout and setup process between different routers, consult your manual or seek technical support if you are ever unsure about an option or setup procedure.

  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.