Wireless Networking 101
I have heard many horror stories about people trying to install a wireless router in their home, but I have been lucky enough to never have any issues that couldn't be rectified with a little bit of lateral thinking. Of course, I have been working in Information Technology for more than ten years and know a thing or two about computers. This article will tell you how to set up a Linksys Wireless-G Broadband router in order to establish a wireless network within your home or office.
I think part of the problem that some people have when it comes to setting up wireless routers is that manufacturer’s these days are skimpy when it comes to instruction manuals. My Linksys router came with a simple fold-out sheet that had more pictures than words, and most of the install is handled by a CD with step-by-step onscreen instructions. Following these steps is easy, but we can go beyond these very basic instructions provided by Linksys.
Before you get started, don’t forget that you’ll need a PC with a wireless adapter in order to access the wireless network. Most laptop computers have one built in, but many desktops do not. You may have to invest another $40-$50 in a wireless adapter if you plan to use this with a desktop. I also use my wireless router for connecting my Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles, and it works great. If you plan to do so, make sure your gaming console has the wireless functionality built in because certain models do not have the capability without additional hardware.
First, you need to pick a location for your wireless router. Since it will need to connect to your DSL or cable modem, many people just put them in the same place. Make sure you have a surge protector strip that can handle everything. I recommend that you put it someplace where it is out of the way, but not covered up or near anything that may cause interference, like a television. The one in my house actually sits on the back corner of a nightstand, with the lights facing away from the bed so they won’t be distracting at night.
If you lost the install CD that came with the router, you can download it from the Linksys website at http://www.linksys.com/support. It will save you a lot of trouble when initially setting up the router, especially if you want to rename it or set a network password during configuration.