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Setting up a wireless router

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Wireless router is a computer gadget that allows computers to access the Internet without any attached cables. It is perfect for households with multip le PCs and laptops. With a wireless router, you can not only access the Internet, but also use printers and servers as well. Wireless router allows you to have a home virtual network.   

Here are a few steps to set up wireless router:

  • Install Windows Vista or XP Service Pack. You should install Windows Service Pack 1 for Vista or Service Pack 3 for XP. Although, you are not required to install them, with these Service Packs your wireless network will have better protection from hackers and speed. 
  • Purchase a wireless router. When choosing a right wireless router, you should check for the requirements. There are several different options that routers offer: 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. 802.11g is the most common type of routers and it is compatible with a lot of computers. This type of routers is perfect for 2 level homes. On average it takes about 1 hour to set up a wireless network.
  • Connect your wireless router to the modem. Take your wireless router out of the box. Your router probably comes with instructions. You need one cable to connect router to the modem: Ethernet cable. One side of the Ethernet cable goes into your router and the other side into your modem. After connecting these two together, you should turn off modem and then turn it back on to ensure that there is a connection. 
  • Connect your computer to the wireless router. After you connected the router and the modem, you need to connect the router and your computer. You need another Ethernet cable to do that. Wireless routers come with several Ethernet ports so that you can connect more computer gadgets. Also your wireless router comes with the installation CD. You should go through every step in the Installation wizard guide.