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The Essentials of Setting Up a Wireless Network

Wireless (Wi-Fi) networks are commonly used for home networking because they are inexpensive and easy to set up. Before setting up a wireless home network, you should plan your network setup and then learn the essentials on how to install, configure, and secure your wireless network.

Planning Your Wireless Home Network

Wireless (or Wi-Fi) home networks are common now, due to their ease of setup, convenience, and low cost. Planning and building a wireless home network can be as simple as buying a wireless access point [more…]

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…]

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