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Set up a wireless network

With a home wireless network, you can be online from anywhere in your house. This article describes the basic steps to set up and use a wireless network.

The right accessories

Before you can set up your wireless network, you need the following:

Broadband internet connection and modem. A broadband internet connection is a high speed internet connection. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and Cable are two of the most common broadband connections. You can get broadband connection by contacting an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Typically, ISPs that provide DSL are telephone companies, and ISPs that provide cable are cable television companies. ISPs often offer broadband modems. Some ISPs also offer a combination of a modem and wireless router. You can also get such devices from computer or electronics stores and online.

Wireless router. A router sends information between your network and the Internet. With a wireless router, you can connect PCs to the network using radio signals instead of cables. There are several types of wireless networking technologies, including 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac.

Wireless network connection. A wireless network connector is a device that connects your PC to a wireless network. To connect your portable device or desktop PC to the wireless network, the PC must have a wireless network connection. Most laptops and tablets - and some desktops - have a wireless network connection pre-installed.

Check that your PC has a wireless network connection:

  1. Choose the button begin, type in the search box Device manager and then select Device manager out.

  2. ExpandNetwork adapter.

  3. Look for a network adapter by name wireless or includes "wireless".

Set up the modem and the Internet connection

When you have all the necessary equipment, you need to set up the modem and internet access. If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) did not set up the modem for you, follow the instructions that came with your modem to establish the connection between your PC and the Internet. If you are using a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), connect the modem to the telephone jack. If you are using cables, connect the modem to a cable jack.

Position the wireless router

Place your wireless router anywhere that it receives the strongest signal with the least amount of interference. For better results, follow these tips:

Put the wireless router in a central location.. Place the router in the center of the house to increase the strength of the wireless signal throughout the house.

Do not place the wireless router on the floor or against walls or metal objects, e.g. B. Metal filing cabinets. The fewer physical obstacles there are between your PC and the router signal, the more likely it is that you can use the router's full signal strength.

Reduce interference. Some network devices use 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) radio transmission. This is the same frequency that most microwave ovens and many cordless phones use. When you turn on the microwave oven or receive a call on a cordless phone, the radio signal may be temporarily interrupted. You can avoid most of these problems by using a cordless phone with a higher frequency, e.g. B. 5.8 GHz.

Securing the wireless network

Security is always important. It's even more important on a wireless network because your network signal can travel outside of your home. If you don't protect your network, people with PCs nearby can get access to information on your network PCs and use the Internet connection.

Here's a better way to protect your network:

Change the default username and password.This is how you can protect your router. Most router manufacturers use standard user names and passwords and a standard network name (also called an SSID) for their routers. Other people could use this information to access your router without your knowledge. To avoid this, change the default username and password for the router. For instructions, see the information that came with the device.

Set up a security key (password) for your network.. Wireless networks have network security keys to protect them from unauthorized access. If the router supports it, we recommend using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) for security. Refer to your router's documentation for more detailed information, including what type of security it supports and how to set it up.

Some routers support Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). If your router supports WPS and is connected to the network, you can use these steps to set up a network security key:

  1. Depending on the version of Windows your PC is running, do one of the following:

    • In Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, select the button begin out, give up Network and sharing center and select it from the list.

    • In Windows 10, select begin , then select Settings> Network & Internet > status > Network and sharing centerout.

  2. Choose Set up a new connection or network out.

  3. Choose Set up a new network and then Further out.

The wizard helps you to create a network name and a security key. If the router supports it, the wizard uses “Wi-Fi Protected Access” (WPA or WPA2) by default. It is recommended to use WPA2 as this standard offers a higher level of security than WPA or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). With WPA2 or WPA, you can also use a passphrase so that you don't have to memorize a cryptic sequence of letters and numbers.

Write down the security key and keep it in a safe place.. You can also save your security key to a USB flash drive by following the instructions in the wizard. (Saving the security key on a USB stick is available in Windows 8 and Windows 7, but not in Windows 10.)

Use a firewall A firewall is hardware or software that can protect your PC from unauthorized users or malicious software (malware). Running a firewall on all of the PCs on your network can help control the spread of malware on your network and protect your PCs when you access the Internet. Windows Firewall is included in this version of Windows.

Connect a PC to your wireless network

  1. Choose the icon network or in the notification area.

  2. Select the network you want to use from the list, then select Connect.

  3. Enter the security key (often called a “password”).

  4. If necessary, follow further instructions.

If you're having problems with your WiFi connection while using Windows 10, see Fix WiFi problems in Windows 10 for more troubleshooting information.