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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How Do I Install a Wireless Router? Here Are the Step by Step Instructions!

Start by making sure you've got everything you need. There should be some instructions in the box that will tell you what was supposed to come with your router.

If you can't find the instructions, look on the CD that came with the router. They're usually on there. Print them out, or read them on your computer.

What you want to do is insert the wireless router between your ISP's modem and your computers. This way the wireless router will take your Internet signal and make it wireless so you can connect to the Internet with your laptop.

Look at the back of your wireless router. You should see four ports and one other port. The four ports are to connect to the Internet with wires. The other port is to accept the Internet from your ISP's modem. This is called the WAN or Internet port.

Unplug the ethernet cable-it looks like a big phone cord-from the back of your computer and plug it into the WAN port. This will send your Internet signal into the router.

Now flip over the router and look at the bottom of it. You should see an IP address (four numbers separated by dots) and a login and password.

Plug an ethernet cable into one of the ports in the back of the router and into the ethernet port on your computer. It doesn't matter if you use a laptop or desktop. You just need to connect to the router with a wire so you can set it up.

If you didn't get an ethernet cable with the wireless router, then you'll have to buy one. But most wireless routers come with an ethernet cable.

Now launch your browser, and type the IP address into the address bar. You should be asked for a user name and password. Enter the user name and password from the bottom of the router. This should get you in.

Run the wizard, and your router should be set up automatically. Now just test the wireless connection with your laptop. If you can connect to the network, and surf the Web, you're done. If you can't, you'll have to do some troubleshooting.

If you have any problems, consult the instructions that came with the router. If you still can't figure it out, call the manufacturer's technical support line. Most of the companies have excellent technical support, and they can walk you through getting the router working.

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