Posted by DFM on Oct 25, 2013
How Do I Set Up a Wifi Router

How Do I Set Up a Wifi Router

You can set up a Wifi router with couple of methods, but first of all, let’s make a list of requirements in order to do so.

What do I need to connect to a Wifi internet connection?

  1. A Motherboard with a Wifi chip. This means that you will need to buy a motherboard that has a built-in Wireless chip. A lot of new generation motherboards (especially the upper price range) already have integrated Wifi modules.
  2. An USB Wifi adapter (dongle) or a Wifi card. This is a fairly simple and cheap solution that allows you to establish Wifi connection with router through external devices, without having Wifi module integrated on your motherboard.
  3. A laptop with a Wifi and a Wifi turned on. For everything to work, your operating system will have to support Wifi and you have to turn it on. After you have turned on the Wifi and you have Wifi motherboard or Wifi card plugged in, all you need to do is setup your router.

Three most common Wifi routers:

Linksyswrt54g

1. Lynksys WRT54G – All in one internet-sharing router

  • 4-port switch
  • Wireless-G access point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps

Apple_airport_express_2012_back_800

2. Apple Airport Extreme/Express

  • A separate Wi-Fi network with a separate password for your visitors.
  • AirPort Extreme works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
  • Simple configuration.
  • Low price for what you get.

Netgear-750-mbps-n-series-router-400x400-imad4d3k4gzezuyq

3. Netgear N Series

  • Supports dynamic DNS
  • Advance wireless security options
  • Support for NAS devices

 

How to connect a laptop or personal computer to a Wireless network or router:

  1. Purchase a wireless router which fits your needs and your budget, or find a remote network.
  2. You can follow the routers manual on how to set up Internet connection. Some routers have different methods of setting up, but we advise you to do a first-time setup with a “PC connected to a router” with the cable.
  3. Gather information from the Setup process, and set things up according to the FAQ.
  4. Plug in your Wifi card, USB Wifi adapter, or enable Wifi on your motherboard.
  5. You will probably need to install some proprietary drivers for your Wifi hardware, so do it following the manufacturer instructions.
  6. Click on the Wifi Connection icon. If your network isn’t in ‘’Available networks’’, try to add it.
  7. Click on configure and follow the instructions.
  8. Choose “Connect To” to access your Wifi.

Typicallan

Troubleshoot : Why doesn’t my computer want to connect to the internet?

Unable to locate a Wifi network?

Make sure that your network is available. Search for it again and check if it’s hidden or if your router is not turned on.

Signal disconnects/Strength is weak

Check location of your PC. Maybe it’s too far from the router or something is blocking the signal (like walls and furniture). Electrical interference can also hinder connection speed (cordless phones, microwaves). Also try to reset your network settings, this seems to help in most cases. If it’s possible, put your router on a higher position. It never goes as fast as it says it will on the box. That’s because maximum transfer rate will be below half. Also, have in mind that wireless connection is slower than cable connection. There’s a possibly of interference of some kind. Again, check if something is blocking your router antenna. If you keep getting low speeds and weak signal, you may consider buying wireless extenders – devices that extend your signal range.

If you would like to download some of the other manuals, feel free to visit our categories: D-Link manuals, Thomson manuals, or go to our search bar in the upper left corner and find the one which you need!