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The Definitive Wireless Router Connection Guide

written by: D Lamberti•edited by: M.S. Smith•updated: 9/17/2011

This collection of guides will walk you through purchasing the ideal wireless router, setting it up, and connecting it to your computer, as well as a number of different cool things that you can do with various wireless internet devices.

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    Why Buy a Wireless Router?

    If you already don't have a wireless router, you may be considering the purchase of one in the near future. But why would you want to buy a wireless router? Isn't the modem that is connected to your main computer enough? Well, a wireless router will connect to your modem, but unlike your modem, it will set up a Wi-Fi network throughout your house and surrounding area. This way, you can use laptops, desktops with wireless cards or adapters, and gadgets like iPods and various tablets wirelessly to access information on the Internet. Before you rush out to buy the nearest wireless router, take a look through the following articles to help decide which wireless router fits your needs best, and what to expect from your wireless router.

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    Wireless Router FAQs

    Knowing the basics behind what a wireless router is and what it does, as well as the different options that are available in wireless networking, can greatly aid you when you shopping for a wireless router. Read the following guides to learn about what a router is, what it does,

    What is the Primary Purpose of a Router?

    What is a Router?

    What is a Wireless N Router?

    What is a Wireless G Router?

    How Laptop WiFi and Home Wireless Systems Work

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    Wireless Router Reviews

    Choosing the right wireless router is not like picking an iPod, in which you pick a product that fits just your needs. When looking for a wireless router, you have to find a product that fits your Internet provider's needs, your modem's needs, and your own personal needs, and finding the proper router that fulfills all three requries a bit of research. Reading up on the specs and prices of different routers can give you a much better idea of which model of wireless router you need, and can even help you figure out the exact model that you want to get.

    Wireless N Router Buying Guide

    The 5 Best Wireless Routers

    TrendNet Wireless Routers Review

    Trendnet TEW 633GR Wireless N Router Review

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    Setting Up a Wireless Router

    Wireless Router After you have purchased a wireless router, you'll need to know how to set it up with your existing Internet layout if you have one. While the complexity of this depends greatly on the already existing Internet set up and your own personal knowledge with wireless routers and computer hardware, these guides can make it a bit easier for you to set up your wireless router without any issues.

    Windows XP, Vista, and 7 Wireless Setup Guide

    Windows Wireless Router Setup Tutorial

    How to Secure a Wireless Network

    Different Ways of Securing Wireless Networks

    Wireless Network Security Set Up

    How to Hook Up a Wireless Router

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    Wireless Router Troubleshooting

    Like any piece of technology, wireless routers can become finicky and stop working, or do things that they aren't supposed to do, for various reasons. Learning the basic troubleshooting for wireless routers can resolve the majority of these problems, but if for some reason no amount of preference tweaking and restarts can fix the router, it may be time to send it in for repair or for a replacement.

    Troubleshooting Windows Wireless Network Disconnections

    Troubleshooting Linksys Wireless Routers

    How to Perform a Router Reset

    How to Configure a Router's Preferences

    How to Strengthen a Wireless Router's Signal

    Wireless Network Security Tips and Tricks

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    Wireless Network Accessories

    There are a number of different wireless networking accessories that you can add to your computers to allow them access to your new Wi-Fi network. Wireless adapters are USB devices that receive wireless signals and connect a computer to the Internet, provided that there is a wireless network available. Wireless cards operate in the same way, but are built right into a tower and allow that desktop computer access to the wireless network automatically.

    Qwest Wireless Adapter Reviews

    Dual Antenna Wireless Adapter Reviews

    Top Five Booster Antennas

    Setting Up a Wireless Card

    Finding the Best Wireless Card for a Desktop Computer

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    Wireless networking is much more difficult than wired networking, because in order to set up wireless Internet you must already have a wired connection available, and since there is very little hardware in use in a wireless network, troubleshooting and setup relies more on software manipulation, which can be quite confusing. Hopefully these guides helped you choose the right wireless router for you, and taught you how to set up everything so that your wireless internet now runs smoothly. If there are ever any issues with your wireless network, it is recommended to bookmark this page for easy reference to troubleshooting articles designed to resolve any issues that you may have with your wireless router or network.