Since you'll be temporarily
disconnected from the Internet, print these instructions before
you go any further.
1. Locate your cable modem or DSL modem and unplug it to turn it
Next, connect your wireless router to your modem. Your modem
should stay connected directly to the Internet. Later, after
you've hooked everything up, your computer will wirelessly
connect to your router, and the router will send communications
through your modem to the Internet.
Connect your router to your modem:
Note: The instructions below apply to a Linksys wireless router.
The ports on your router may be labeled differently, and the
images may look different on your router. Check the
documentation that came with your equipment for additional
If you currently have your computer connected directly to your
modem: Unplug the network cable from the back of your computer,
and plug it into the port labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN on the
back of your router.
If you do not currently have a computer connected to the
Internet: Plug one end of a network cable (included with your
router) into your modem, and plug the other end of the network
cable into the Internet, WAN, or WLAN port on your wireless
||Next, plug in and turn on your
cable or DSL modem. Wait a few minutes to give it time to
connect to the Internet, and then plug in and turn on your
wireless router. After a minute, the Internet, WAN, or WLAN
light on your wireless router should light up, indicating that
it has successfully connected to your modem.
||Using the network cable that came with your
wireless router, you should temporarily connect your computer to
one of the open network ports on your wireless router (any port
that isn't labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN). If you need to, turn
your computer on. It should automatically connect to your
Next, open Internet Explorer and type in the address to
configure your router.
You might be prompted for a password. The address and password
you use will vary depending on what type of router you have, so
refer to the instructions included with your router.
As a quick reference, this table shows the default addresses,
usernames, and passwords for some common router manufacturers.
|Internet Explorer will show your
router's configuration page. Most of the default settings should
be fine, but you should configure three things:
1.Your wireless network name, known as the SSID. This name
identifies your network. You should choose something unique that
none of your neighbors will be using.
2.Wireless encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA),
which help protect your wireless network. For most routers, you
will provide a passphrase that your router uses to generate
several keys. Make sure your passphrase is unique and long (you
don't need to memorize it).
3.Your administrative password, which controls your wireless
network. Just like any other password, it should not be a word
that you can find in the dictionary, and it should be a
combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Be sure you can
remember this password, because you'll need it if you ever have
to change your router's settings.
The exact steps you follow to configure these settings will vary
depending on the type of router you have. After each
configuration setting, be sure to click Save Settings, Apply, or
OK to save your changes.
Now, you should disconnect the network cable from your computer.
|If your computer does not have
wireless network support built in, insert the wireless adapter
into an empty PCMCIA card slot . Windows XP will automatically
detect the new adapter, The on-screen instructions will guide
you through the configuration process.
Note: The steps below only apply if you're using Windows XP
Service Pack 2. If you're running Windows XP and you don't have
Service Pack 2 yet, plug your computer into your wireless router
and download and install Service Pack 2 from the Protect Your PC
Windows XP should show an icon with a notification that says it
has found a wireless network.
|Follow these steps to connect
your computer to your wireless network:
1.Right-click the wireless network icon in the lower-right
corner of your screen, and then click View Available Wireless
Networks. If you run into any problems, please contact our
2.The Wireless Network Connection window should appear and you
should see your wireless network listed with the network name
you chose. If you don't see your network, click Refresh network
list in the upper-left corner. Click your network, and then
click Connect in the lower-right corner.
|3.Windows XP prompts you to enter
a key. Type the encryption key that you wrote down earlier in
both the Network key and Confirm network key boxes, and then
4.Windows XP will show its progress as it connects to your
network. After you're connected, you can now close the Wireless
Network Connection window. You're done.
Note: If the Wireless Network Connection window continues to
show Acquiring Network Address, you may have mistyped the
have connected to the internet please do all of the Windows
updates to keep your computer up to date. You can do this via
the start menu.