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.
4. You may need to adjust the Basic Settings to get your router up and running. If you want to be able to enter login information every time you connect to the net or you have a point-to-point protocol over ethernet (PPPoE) account with your ISP, select Yes under ‘Does Your Internet Connection Require A Login?’.
5. Most wireless routers require you to log in with the name used in your email address. If your email address is [email protected], for example, put ‘JerAB’ in the Login box further down the settings screen. However, some ISPs will require you to log in with your full email address, including the domain.
6. At the Password prompt, type the password to log into your ISP. Select an ‘Idle Timeout’ – the amount of time before an idle connection is terminated. (If this value is 0 then the connection will re-connect immediately.) Common options here include ‘Get Dynamically From ISP’ and ‘Get Automatically From ISP’.