Can you name the similarities between purchasing a new tablet, laptop, and a wireless router? Besides the fact that they’re all pieces of somewhat expensive technology – they all also need to connect to a home network in order to be used efficiently within your home. If you’ve recently purchased any new tech gadgets, it could be time for you to perform a full home network setup, or at least reorganize your dated home network.
While many people are worrisome about the prospect of messing with their home network (for fear of clicking the wrong buttons, and losing internet access) there’s seriously not much to worry about. It’s actually best to force yourself into becoming familiar with how your home network actually works – so that you can optimize it towards having the best security, IP configuration, unique user accounts and more.
The wireless router is the “home base” of your home network. All devices which need internet access will need to engage with your router. So the first step of your home network setup actually involves the basics: Connecting and configuring your router. An 802.11n router is generally the correct router to utilize for maximum modern-day performance. You’ll also have to make sure that the accompanying devices in your network also contain 802.11n network adapters. Newer pieces of technology like netbooks and laptops will already come with these standard network adapters. Once you have your router, connect it to your ISP’s modem.
Next, you’ll want to access your router’s management console by connecting a laptop to the router. Then, visit its interface through your internet browser. You’ll need to change your laptop’s IP settings to match the settings of the router. This allows the devices to simultaneously connect with each other, while “locking down” the router!
After locking down your router, you’ll need to configure your network’s security and IP addresses. Security is EXTREMELY important if you aren’t a fan of neighbors openly stealing your bandwidth and private data. Make sure to change your passwords and your router’s default SSID as well.
Finally, you can now set up your sharing and control, and user accounts.
There are only about six steps that lead you towards the complete configuration of your home network setup. While this is just a very general guide to home network setup, there are much deeper illustrations and details available for you, too. Just follow this basic outline whenever you’re performing your new home network setup, and this should take care of the essentials!
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