How Do You Set up a Wi-Fi Network?

To set up a Wi-Fi network, connect your Internet modem to a wireless router with an Ethernet cable, and set up a network name and security key. You need an existing Internet connection with a modem connected to your main computer and a wireless router.

  1. Connect the wireless router

    Place the router in a central location within your home. Connect your Internet modem to the router with an Ethernet cable.

  2. Change the default security information

    Read the instruction manual for the router. Change the device's default user ID and password with the instructions included in the manual.

  3. Open the Network and Sharing Center

    Navigate to the Control Panel through the Start menu. Find the Network and Sharing Center under Network, and open it.

  4. Set up a security key

    Click Set up a new connection or network, and select Set up a new network. Click Next, and enter a network name and security key. Select WPA2 as a security level if possible. Follow the wizard to finish the setup process.

  5. Connect a laptop or desktop

    On the laptop or desktop you wish to connect, right-click the network icon in the task bar. Select Connect to a network. Select the name you gave your network, and enter the security key.