How to Buy and Setup a Home WiFi System for Your Computers

Recently, the Census Bureau reported that nearly seventy percent of homes in the United States now have Internet access, and of those, nearly sixty percent have broadband access. While this is impressive, there is more you can do to make your Internet access easier and more accessible; if you have broadband access, either through cable or satellite dish, you can convert your entire house to a WiFi network which will allow you to access the Internet from anywhere in your home or even out in the yard; provided you have a laptop, notebook or netbook of course.

To do this, the only additional equipment you will need is a WiFi router and a cable. There won’t be any additional expenses either, upfront or monthly. So, other than the router, you already have everything you need. But if you want to use superboost wifi, it is not a problem and you may do so. This tool allows you to boost your connection and coverage.

So, that’s the first step; get yourself on over to the Wal-Mart or whichever is your favorite box store and buy yourself a WiFi router. You’ll find when you get there that they have different models and different brands and they all have little tables on the sides of them to let you know which router you will need to work in your house. What they all mean is that the signal strength is lower for small homes with few walls and stronger for multi-level homes with a lot of rooms. All you need to do is pick out the one that seems to best fit your needs, as the more signal strength they pump out, the more they cost. You don’t want to go overboard though, otherwise, you’ll be sending out enough signal for the whole neighborhood and then some.

While you’re at there at the store, pick up a piece of cable with connectors on both sides. The cable should look like the kind you get when you have cable TV; i.e. it will have a pin sticking up out of the center on one end. This cable will be what you used to connect the router you are buying to the modem you currently have at home.

Next, get yourself home and do just that. Your cable or satellite modem will likely be clearly marked as to where you should plug in your cable, as will the router. Next, slip in the CD that came with the wireless router into a nearby computer that is equipped with a functional CD player and wireless modem of its own. If you haven’t already, you might want to verify your wireless modem works by using it in the place where you have access to wireless Internet. Then, simply answer the questions the program asks you as it goes through its installation procedure. You’ll be asked for the special number that signifies your new wireless router, and for a password so that your neighbors can’t get on your network, and then, that should be it.

Test the connection by loading your Internet browser and seeing if you can get on the Internet. In most cases, you will. If not, try another computer; if you still can’t you’ll need to contact your Internet Service Provider

Once you can get on with one computer, go around to your other computers that have a wireless modem, which will generally mean all of your laptops, and verify you can get on with those as well. Usually, they will detect that a wireless signal is present and will ask you if you want to access that WiFi network, and then it will ask for the password. When you give it, you should be able to get on.

And that should be it, except for those computers that don’t have a wireless modem. To get those on the network, you’ll need to buy and install a wireless modem for each of them.

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Patrick is a part-time fitness trainer and pursuing his Master’s in American Literature from Stanford University. He wishes to share his fitness plan with others to help them achieve their goals in terms of fitness and education.