Even if you’re not sure how to go about it, setting up a home network doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, in just a few simple steps you can set up and configure your home network quickly and easily. Here’s how:
Connecting and Configuring Your Router
If you want to have internet, you will most definitely need a router! The router is the bit of equipment which sends signals between your internet and your computer, so it’s vital that it’s installed correctly. All you need to do to connect your router is use an ethernet cable to plug it into your modem. Make sure the signal is nice and strong on both devices before attempting to configure your router.
To connect your computer or laptop to your router, both will need to be operating on the same IP. You can do this by accessing the control panel function on your computer and inputting your router’s IP address into the properties section of the Internet Protocol option panel.
Security and Setting up a HomeGroup Network
To protect your wireless home network, you will need to make sure it’s secure. You can do this by changing the default admin password, the router’s SSID, and by managing the sharing functions on your network.
If you want to create a home network you can do so by creating a HomeGroup network from your computer. This will give you options as to what kinds of files you want to share over your network, including pictures, documents and music. Always password protect your HomeGroup network so your important files will remain secure. At the same time, create user profiles and assign them passwords. These accounts will be what the other members of your HomeGroup network will when they log in.
Enjoy Your Home Network
If you’ve followed all of these steps correctly, you should now have a fully functioning home wireless network which you can start using and enjoying immediately. Remember to always maintain the security of your home network by regularly changing your passwords.