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How to Install Your Wireless Access Point

After you’ve purchased your wireless access point (WAP), it’s time to install and set it up! Begin by unpacking your wireless access point. In the box, you should find the wireless access point, a power [more…]

How to Configure Your Wireless Access Point

After installing a wireless access point (WAP) for your home network, you can configure your device. To quickly configure your wireless access point with basic settings, you can use the CD that was included [more…]

How to Secure Your Wireless Access Point

After connecting the wireless access point (WAP) for your home network to the Internet, it’s time to configure the wireless settings so your wireless network devices [more…]

Wireless Security Protocols: WEP, WPA, and WPA2

Various wireless security protocols were developed to protect home wireless networks. These wireless security protocols include WEP, WPA, and WPA2, each with their own strengths — and weaknesses. In addition [more…]

How to Configure Your Wireless Home Network

Configuring your wireless home network is a separate step from configuring your wireless access point. You can configure your wireless access point to manage certain configuration information for the devices [more…]

How to Connect to the Internet through Your Wireless Access Point

After you install and configure the wireless access point for your home network, you're ready to connect your computer to your wireless network. If you’re connecting the computer you used to configure [more…]

How to Set Up a Wireless Ad Hoc Network

An alternative to installing a wireless access point for your home network is to set up a peer-to-peer ad hoc network. An ad hoc network provides basic wireless connectivity between two or more computers [more…]

What Are IP Addresses in Home Networking?

Every device on a home network must be uniquely identified with an IP (Internet Protocol) address. An IP address consists of four sets of numbers from 0 to 255, separated by a decimal, such as: [more…]

How to Manually Configure Home Networking Devices

You can manually configure network properties (such as an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway) for your home networking devices, on all of the Windows 7 computers on your home network. It only [more…]

Using DHCP to Configure Home Networking Devices

The Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) allows you to use Windows 7 to automatically configure the network properties for most devices on your home network. You’ll also need to configure a DHCP [more…]

How to Configure Your Home Network's Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server

In order to configure your home network devices using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), you need to have a DHCP server on your network. It is often easiest to use the DHCP server that is built-in [more…]

Setting Up User Accounts and Passwords on a Windows 7 Home Network

Creating new user accounts and passwords is a basic network administration task for a Windows 7 home network. With multiple user accounts, several people can use the same computer without affecting each [more…]

Changing Your Account Picture on a Windows 7 Home Network

Windows 7 personalizes user accounts on a home network with a small picture that is associated with each account. The account picture you choose will appear on the Windows Start menu and on the Welcome [more…]

Setting Up a Guest Account on a Windows 7 Home Network

The Guest account in a Windows 7 home network is a built-in user account that provides a convenient way for visitors to have temporary access to your computer or network. Rather than setting up a separate [more…]

Creating a Password Reset Disk for a Windows 7 Home Network

Even for the most savvy Windows 7 user, it happens. You can’t remember your password! How will you ever get access to your e-mail and personal files on your home network so that you can start piecing your [more…]

Changing or Removing Passwords on a Windows 7 Home Network

It is a good security practice to regularly change your password on a Windows 7 home network. On the flip side removing your password isn’t such a good security practice, but you may find that it is necessary [more…]

How to Delete User Accounts on a Windows 7 Home Network

When a Windows 7 user account is no longer needed on your home network, you can delete the user account from your computer or network. You cannot delete the account that you are currently logged in as, [more…]

Creating a HomeGroup on a Windows 7 Home Network

You can create a homegroup on your Windows 7 home network if you want to easily share documents, music, pictures, videos, and printers with other Windows 7 computers on your home network. A Windows 7 homegroup [more…]

Setting Up a Virtual Private Network on Your Windows 7 Home Network

With Windows 7, you can set up a virtual private network (VPN) over a secure Internet connection, enabling you to connect to your home network from a remote location. A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel [more…]

Setting Up a Remote Computer to Connect to Your Windows 7 Home Network

Once you’ve set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your home network, you need to set up the devices that will remotely connect to your Windows 7 home network, such as a laptop. You use the Network [more…]

How to Set Up Backups for a Windows 7 Home Network

On your Windows 7 home network, you alone are responsible for backing up your data, keeping it safe, managing it, and restoring files and folders when something goes wrong. Fortunately, Windows 7 makes [more…]

Setting Up an Encrypting File System for a Home Network

The Encrypting File System (EFS) is a Windows program that encrypts files and folders so that if someone gains unauthorized access to your home network, they can’t just go waltzing through your most sensitive [more…]

Setting Up Remote Desktop on Your Windows 7 Home Network

With a virtual private network (VPN), you can use the Remote Desktop software — which is included with Windows 7 — to securely connect to your computer on your home network and control it remotely. Remember [more…]

Automating Network Devices throughout Your Home

Advances in home automation technology, including lower hardware costs and new home networking protocols, are making home today seem like they're from the future. Home automation refers to the control [more…]

Networking Your Home Security System

There are many home networking security solutions available today through professional security companies such as ADT, Broadview Security (formerly Brinks), GE Security, and others. Alternatively, you [more…]

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