What is a Wireless Router?
According to PC Magazine, a router converts the Internet online signals coming across your Internet connection into a wireless broadcast which is sort of like a cordless phone base station. Be sure to get a wireless router, and not a wireless access point.
The first step is to make sure that you have the equipment you need. As you’re looking for products in stores or on the Internet, you might notice that you can choose equipment that supports three different wireless networking technologies: 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. It is recommended to get 802.11g — because it offers excellent performance and is compatible with almost everything.
Installation: Simply plug in your Wireless G Router’s power supply. Check to see that the led lights are on and flashing (usually yellow at this point) to indicate it is functioning, but offline for now (Green normally means it’s online).
2) Connect your Wireless Router
Next, locate your cable modem or DSL modem and unplug it to turn it off!
Then, connect your wireless router to your modem (see pic). Your modem should stay connected directly to the Internet. Later, after you’ve hooked everything up, your computer will wirelessly connect to your router, and the router will send communications through your modem to the Internet making your network router a hub station.
Next, connect your router to your modem. Note: The instructions below apply to a Linksys wireless router. The ports on your router may be labeled differently, and the images may look different on your router. Check the documentation that came with your equipment for additional assistance.
3) CONFIGURE your Wireless Router
Using the network cable that came with your wireless router, you should temporarily connect your computer to one of the open network ports on your wireless router (any port that isn’t labeled Internet, WAN, or WLAN). If you need to, turn your computer on. It should automatically connect to your router.
Next, open Internet Explorer and type in the address to configure your router.
You might be prompted for a password. 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. Most of the default settings should be fine.
4) Connect your Computer
If your computer does not have wireless network support built in, plug your network adapter into your USB port in the back of your computer and place the antenna on top of your computer (in the case of a desktop computer), or insert the network adapter into an empty PC card slot (in the case of a laptop). Windows XP will automatically detect the new adapter/router installed, and may prompt you to insert the CD that came with your adapter to find the best driver support for your new hardware. The on-screen instructions will guide you through the configuration process.
Note: Make sure you have Windows XP Service Pack 2 (Service pack 3 for Explorer version 7 is out now). If you don’t have Service Pack 2 yet, plug your computer into your wireless router and download and install Windows Service Pack 2. Windows XP should show an icon with a notification that says it has found a wireless network and it should complete your setup.