How-to: Set up a Home Network

Welcome back ladies and gents to the second installment of setting up your own personal network. This might be the last installment actually, once you get an Ethernet cable put together as instructed in our last blog post, you just need a few other things that a basic internet service should come with. Some of which I assume you already have if you’re reading this. Anyways, this blog post is covering WiFi, or setting up a wireless network and a landline Ethernet connection in case you’re looking for something a little more secure.

 

Materials

  1. A Computer – PC or laptop of your choice. Pick one that has the capabilities you’re looking for (wireless or not)
  2. A Modem – I assume you have this already if you have an internet service provider (ISP). If not, then how are you reading this right now and perhaps you should go buy a service before you continue to the next step. You can find some in the networking section of our website.
  3. A Router – You may or may not have this pending on your ISP. Either way, you should get one that meets your needs i.e. wireless for wireless, etc. You can get it really anywhere that sells electronics. We actually carry a few on our website.
  4. An Ethernet Cable – You should already have this if you read the first installment of this network setup series, or if you just have some lying around the house. One should have come with your modem upon purchase/delivery. You’ll need one more if you’re going wireless, or don’t have a direct internet connection, and can buy them in electronics stores as well.
  5. Phone Line – Most of you have this if you still use a home telephone. If not, it should have come with your modem and plugs into the wall phone jack and the modem. If you didn’t get one, you can buy them as well. Sometimes you may get as cable line vs a phone line, but you will use them both the same way.

 

It’s time to set up your network in just a few simple steps. The rest of this post is easy to follow and will be pretty short. For now, get all of your materials ready and set aside some space in your office or wherever you’re setting up the network. You’re going to want to have everything on hand, and if you have any software installation disks that came with your router, you should get the process started now. Some can take awhile, and you don’t want to wait around in mid set-up.

1.       Connecting the modem to the telephone/cable line

a.       Plug one end of the phone/cable line into the appropriate wall jack and the other end into the appropriate port on the modem. It should be listed on the modem itself.

2.       Connecting your modem to your router

a.       Once you have your modem set up, grab one of the Ethernet cables and plug one end into the other port on your modem. Once inserted, plug the other end of the cable into your router. The port should be listed or colored differently from the others. Most routers I have worked with have one main port and then several others for plugging in multiple computers.

3.       Connecting to your PC or laptop

a.       If you’re connecting to your PC then I assume this is a landline connection. I don’t know of many PCs that are wireless, as they are mainly stationary. Anyways, take the other Ethernet cable and plug it into one of the additional ports on the back of the router. To complete the connection, insert the other jack into your PC, usually on the back of the tower somewhere. Once this is done, if you haven’t run the installation disk already, start that up. You’re done with the PC.

b.      If you’re connecting to a laptop or going wireless, then you’ll have one more step to follow. If you’re just connecting to a laptop, then the above instructions for the PC apply. If you’re going wireless, you will still need the Ethernet cable to connect your laptop to one of the additional router ports, initially. You will also need a laptop with WiFi capabilities. If you haven’t begun the installation of the router, do that now. When prompted, you will be asked to set up a wireless network with a name, password (optional), and may be directed to your new router homepage. Some routers have a homepage for settings, some just open up a window in the program for you to configure the settings. Once complete, go to your network connections either by clicking the Windows “start button”, “Connect to”, and then “Show all connections.” Most laptops have a connections program running and you can just access your connections through that. Locate your new router, click on it, enter the password if you made one, and you should be done. Unplug the Ethernet cable and test the connection.

Now wasn’t that easy? I told you it wouldn’t be a problem. While writing this, I thought that you may like to create a local area network (LAN) or even a home server. Why should the series stop so suddenly? After all, May is officially network set-up month. For now anyways, so the next two weeks will have a blog post for making a LAN and possibly a home server. Enjoy the series, and I hope you are finding these to be helpful.

Enhanced by Zemanta

1.       Connecting the modem to the telephone/cable line

a.       Plug one end of the phone/cable line into the appropriate wall jack and the other end into the appropriate port on the modem. It should be listed on the modem itself.

2.       Connecting your modem to your router

a.       Once you have your modem set up, grab one of the Ethernet cables and plug one end into the other port on your modem. Once inserted, plug the other end of the cable into your router. The port should be listed or colored differently from the others. Most routers I have worked with have one main port and then several others for plugging in multiple computers.

3.       Connecting to your PC or laptop

a.       If you’re connecting to your PC then I assume this is a landline connection. I don’t know of many PCs that are wireless, as they are mainly stationary. Anyways, take the other Ethernet cable and plug it into one of the additional ports on the back of the router. To complete the connection, insert the other jack into your PC, usually on the back of the tower somewhere. Once this is done, if you haven’t run the installation disk already, start that up. You’re done with the PC.

b.      If you’re connecting to a laptop or going wireless, then you’ll have one more step to follow. If you’re just connecting to a laptop, then the above instructions for the PC apply. If you’re going wireless, you will still need the Ethernet cable to connect your laptop to one of the additional router ports, initially. You will also need a laptop with WiFi capabilities. If you haven’t begun the installation of the router, do that now. When prompted, you will be asked to set up a wireless network with a name, password (optional), and may be directed to your new router homepage. Some routers have a homepage for settings, some just open up a window in the program for you to configure the settings. Once complete, go to your network connections either by clicking the Windows “start button”, “Connect to”, and then “Show all connections.” Most laptops have a connections program running and you can just access your connections through that. Locate your new router, click on it, enter the password if you made one, and you should be done. Unplug the Ethernet cable and test the connection.

1 comment for “How-to: Set up a Home Network

  1. Albana
    May 16, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    might be very hard to write good articles, so i have to congratulate you for that.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have you Subscribed via RSS yet? Don't miss a post!

Protected by WP Anti Spam