5 Simple Steps to set up a Wi-Fi network

Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity - a technique that enables you to share your available bandwidth wireless. Wi-Fi is a communication standard similar to Bluetooth and GSM. The primary purpose is setting up a wireless LAN. You can share your broadband connection with other computers, or devices by setting up a wireless network.

The following instructions to set up a Wi-Fi network are applicable for Internet Service Providers [ISP's] like BSNL, MTNL, Vovinet, Airmesh, Airtel, Hathway, Reliance Broadband, Sify Broadband, Tata Indicom, Tikona, YOU Broadband & Cable India, Asianet Data Line, Fivenet, Honesty Net Solutions, Wishnet Broadband Service, Taluka Alliance Broadband, Vasai Cable, Railwire, IOL Netcom, Kappa Internet Services and more.


 step 1:   a little shopping 
While shopping for a Wi-Fi routers, select one that supports 802.11b/g/n, because it will offer the best   communication speeds. While most laptops have inbuilt Wi-Fi modules, you will require external USB wireless network adapters for your PC. Alternatively, connect your PC to the router with a LAN cable.

Diagram to connect a WiFi Router to PC and Laptop


 step 2:  set up the wireless network
First you need to connect your wireless router to the broadband modem (your interface with the internet).
WiFi Router Connection Ports like Power, LAN Port, WAN Port, Reset Button


Connecting a Wireless Router to a Cable/ DSL Modem, Ethernet Port on PC




 
  step 3:  configure wireless network settings
To set up your router, connect your PC to any LAN port on the router. Open Internet Explorer and type the router's default address. This varies with manufacturers. Check the instruction manual for details. As a quick reference, refer to the table below:


Router
Address
User name
Password
3Com
admin
admin
D-Link
admin
admin
Linksys
admin
admin
Netgear
admin
password

In the router configuration page, configure the following:

1. SSID 
This is your wireless network's name. Make sure it's unique in your neighbourhood.

 2. Wireless encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
We recommend you use WPA (or WPA2, if available), and set a password that includes characters, numbers and symbols, to protect your wireless network from being misused.

3. Administrative Password
This is the password that users who are connected to your  network will use to access the settings described before.

Configure WiFi Router Password, SSID, WEP, WAP settings



 step 4:  configure the router
On the router configuration page, go to internet setup and select PPPoE from the drop down. Enter your DSL User name and password which was given to your at the time of installation. In case you don't remember it, call up your Internet Service Provider to get the same.

WiFi Settings and DSL Password settings, PPPoE, DHCP, Router Name




 step 5:  connecting devices to the network
On your laptop or device, click on the network icon in the task bar and choose your network. Enter your password and click connect.

Choose your Network and connect to WiFi