The Internet is an incredibly powerful tool that gives us access to vast amounts of information at a moment’s notice; think email, Google searches, and Wikipedia. However, it may seem a little counterintuitive to only be able to access the Internet when you’re sitting down
If you already have a high-speed Internet connection at home,
1. Acquista un router wireless
To create your own Wi-Fi network, you will need a wireless router. This is the device that will spread the Wi-Fi signal from your Internet modem throughout your home. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may offer you a wireless router for a small monthly fee. If you’ve never set up a Wi-Fi network before, this may be the easiest option.
If you want to purchase your own router, we recommend that you spend some time researching the different options. CNET offers a complete guide on how to buy a router.
Some Internet modems may already have a built-in wireless router, meaning you won’t have to purchase a separate one.
2. Connect the cables
Once you acquire a wireless router, you will need to connect it to your existing Internet modem.
- Connect an Ethernet cable from your modem to your wireless router (usually a short Ethernet cable is included with your wireless router for this purpose).
- Connect the wireless router’s power cable.
- Wait at least 30-60 seconds and make sure the router lights are working properly.
3. Configure the router
Next, you’ll need to use your computer to configure your router’s default settings, including establishing a unique name and password for your wireless network.
- Using your web browser, enter your router’s default IP address into the address bar, then press Enter. Your router’s instructions should include this information, but some of the most common addresses include 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, and 192.168.2.1.
- The router’s login page will appear. Again, the exact login details should be included in your router’s instructions, but most routers use a standard username and password combination, such as admin and password.
- You will see the router settings page. Find and select the Network Name option, then enter a unique network name.
- Find and select the Network Password option and choose an encryption option. There are several types of encryption to choose from, but we recommend WPA2, which is generally considered the most secure.
- Enter the desired password. Make sure you use a strong password to ensure no one else can access your network.
- Find and select the Save button to save your settings.
Done! Now you are ready to connect to your Wi-Fi network and verify that it is working properly. The process of connecting to a Wi-Fi network will vary slightly depending on the type of computer or device you’re using, but each system will require these basic steps.
- Find your computer’s network settings and search for nearby Wi-Fi networks.
- Select your network and enter your password.
- If the connection is successful, open your web browser and try to access a web page like www.google.com . If the page loads, it means your Wi-Fi connection is working properly.
You’ve just set up your home wireless network. Good job!
1. How much does a wireless router cost on average? The cost of a wireless router can vary greatly based on brand and features. Typically, you can find good-quality options between 50 and 150 euros.
2. What is the difference between WPA and WPA2? WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) and WPA2 are both Wi-Fi security protocols, but WPA2 is considered more secure. It is always advisable to use WPA2 to secure your wireless network.
3. Can I change my Wi-Fi network name and password later? Yes, you can change your Wi-Fi network name and password in your router settings. Make sure you write down your new password in a safe place.
4. Is it possible to extend Wi-Fi coverage at home? Yes, you can use devices known as Wi-Fi “extenders” or “repeaters” to extend the coverage of your wireless network in your home.
5. How can I protect my Wi-Fi network from unauthorized access? To protect your Wi-Fi network, make sure you use a strong password, enable WPA2 encryption, and change your password regularly to maintain network security.