What OS are you running? If XP:
There are two ways to configure your wireless router: using Windows Connect Now and manually.
If you don't have a router that supports Windows Connect Now, you need to manually configure your router:
the network cable that came with your wireless router, temporarily
connect your computer to one of the wired network ports on your
wireless router (any port that isnt labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN).
Turn your computer on; it will automatically connect to your router.
Microsoft Internet Explorer and type in the address to configure your
router, as described in your router's instruction manual.
a password if a prompt appears. 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.
Here is the general login user and passwords
Explorer will show your router's configuration page. Most of the
default settings should be fine, but you should configure three items:
Set your wireless network name (known as the SSID)
to something unique that does not identify your name or address.
Enable Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2)
encryption to help prevent uninvited guests from connecting to your wireless network.Note:
We don't recommend using WEP. WPA-2 is more secure. If you try WPA-2
and it doesn’t work, we recommend that you upgrade your network adapter
to one that works with WPA-2.
Set your administrative password
to prevent others from configuring your router.
exact steps you follow will vary depending on the type of router you
have. After each configuration setting (SSID, WEP, and administrative
password), be sure you click Save Settings
, or OK
to save your changes.Note
The pictures in this section show Linksys wireless equipment. Equipment
from other manufacturers will vary in appearance. For example, to save
your settings in Linksys, you click Save Settings
. Other equipment may have a different display, and you may have to click Apply
SSID or naming your networkA
service set identifier, or SSID, identifies your network. Choose a
unique name that you're confident none of your neighbors will use, but
don't specify your name or your address. This is not a security tool,
so you don't need to make the SSID complex.
Help prevent uninvited guests from connecting to your wireless network. To learn how, read Implement WPA2-Personal wireless security on a Windows XP SP2-based computer
Administrative passwordThe last configuration change you
should make is to the administrative password. Just like any other
password, the administrative password should not be a word 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.
Connect your computers and devicesIf your computer does not have wireless network support built in, you can install a wired
or a wireless network adapter
Windows XP will automatically detect the new adapter and might prompt
you to insert the CD that came with it. The on-screen instructions will
guide you through the configuration process.
Windows XP Service
Pack 2 (SP2) is not required for wireless networking, but it does make
setting one up much easier. SP2 also helps protect you against viruses,
worms, and other Internet intruders. To install SP2, visit Microsoft Update
The steps below apply only if you're using SP2. Windows XP will show an
icon with a notification that says it has found wireless networks.To connect your computer to your wireless network
Right-click the wireless network icon in the lower right corner of your screen, and then click View Available Wireless Networks
The Wireless Network Connection
window appears and displays your wireless network listed with the SSID 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 click Connect
Windows XP will show its progress as it connects to your network. If the Wireless Network Connection
window continues to show Acquiring Network Address, you may have mistyped the encryption key—click Cancel
and return to step 3.
After you're connected, you can close the Wireless Network Connection
window. Now you're ready to browse the Web wirelessly. You can also
create a wireless network in your home that connects your computers,
printers, cameras, games, and other accessories for easy access and