With the soon-to-be-ratified 802.11n standard promising greater bandwidth and faster speeds, there's no better time to ready your home for wireless. Follow this simple, six-step tutorial to set up your own wireless router.
1. Before connecting your router, insert the installation CD and wait for the autorun program to begin the installation routine. When the initial screen appears, click Setup. There will be some important decisions to make along the way, so don’t rush through the installation process.
2. Follow the installation instructions. They often provide you with text and line drawings, advising you when you should connect the various cables to their sockets. You may have to make decisions regarding the software itself or, if you have more than one network card, which card you wish to use.
3. After the installation is complete, the software will perform a self-examination routine, testing each connection to the internet. Once setup is complete, you’ll be able to access your router manufacturer’s website and find your router’s statistics and settings. We’re using Netgear hardware in this walkthrough.