To many people, setting up a home network sounds like a daunting prospect. Wireless cards, Ethernet cables, IP addresses, DNS lookups, WPA or WPA2 security; it all sounds like another language to some people. In reality, though, setting up your own home network is relatively straight-forward.
So you want to take the plunge and set up your own home network? The details below will help you through the process.
Before you begin installing anything, you must make sure you have the right equipment. The most important part of your network is the router, depending on if you want to set up a wireless or a wired network; you will need a suitable router with either wireless capability or enough Ethernet ports for your needs. Many routers nowadays come with both wired and wireless capability, which helps if you change your mind in the future. You must also make sure you have enough Ethernet cables or wireless network cards for each computer.
Once you have all the right equipment and have made sure (if you are using them) that your wireless cards have been installed, you should move on to connecting all the computers up to the router. With a wired Ethernet connection, setup will be quite easy; wireless, on the other hand, maybe a little more difficult. What will make life easier for you is to ensure that you use the same brand of router and wireless cards and that all the equipment is compatible with the operating system that you are using?
With regards to a wireless network, after the installation of all wireless network cars has been completed, each computer should be able to recognize and communicate with the router. At this stage, there should not be any wireless security systems set up so everything should be working perfectly. By using certain software, such as Windows Homegroup Setup Wizard, you will also be able to share and stream media from one computer to another.
Wired connections do not need network security as people can only access your home network by using an Ethernet connection, connected to your router. Some multi-functioning routers are able to be connected through wired and wireless connections. If this is the case with your router, make sure that wireless broadcasting is disabled if it is not being used. With a wireless network, it is strongly advisable to utilize one of the many forms of network security to try to deter network invaders.
With one computer able to communicate with the router, connect to it by entering the IP address of the router in your Internet browser window. First, choose an SSID for your network (network ID), then enable a WPA and/or WEP security method and decide on a sufficiently difficult password. Write the password down and go through each other computer, selecting the network and typing in the password. It is as easy as that!
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