Installing a Wireless-G Router Network

By Paul Silli

1) Choose your Wireless Equipment: For this example I chose the Linksys Wireless-G: Costs about $40 

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.  

Understanding Your Network 
 
Know your platform for the greatest network communication. To keep things traveling fast within your network, have enough Ram Memory installed in your computer, and purchase the best DSL Internet connection LAN (local area network) possible, which has a speed at about 100 transfer-bit rate wired per household.  
 
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12 Responses to “Installing a Wireless-G Router Network”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Nice Paul, and interesting point you made is to NOT choose a Wireless Access Point over a Wireless Router. There IS an important distinction between the two. Do some research and see if you can find out why, and when a WAP might be appropriate.

  2. Paul Says:

    Thanks Kevin; Yeah there is a big difference between a wireless router and access point with installation/hardware. Access points are used more with large, commercial network systems that have direct-cable connections running to the computer main frame for online activity.

    According to Wikipedia, in computer networking, a wireless access point (WAP or AP) is a device that allows wireless communication devices to connect to a wireless network which usually connects to a wired network (CABLES NEEDED FOR DIRECT CONNECTION), and can relay data between the wireless devices (such as computers or printers) and wired devices on the network. Wireless, is simple and faster, but has a slower connection on the Internet in compared to a direct connection to the net… There are pros & cons.

  3. ntp Zeitserver Says:

    yes if you are using g router so you have to check your notebook/desktop wireless support g network..So it give us more comfort at the home..remote access any many more…i really enjoy with the wireless..

  4. PAMELA Says:

    I have the wireless g router but the only connection I have is my laptops aircard now how do I network?

  5. Paul (Site Author) Says:

    Hey Pamela, First, setup your Wireless-G Router (Linksys) with your desktop. This means plug it into your computer correctly using my tips and the manual etc. Then install the driver disk & router software. Next, update the driver software by visiting the Wireless G main Linksys site. After installing the router onto your PC, next using your notebook/Win XP Operating System, go to “My Computer” and under “Other Places” click My Network Places. Next, click “Setup a home wireless Network” and follow the Wizard directions. You may need to find out what exact type of wireless network card you have within your notebook (brand-manufacturer name). You should update its driver software as well. You can find this info out by visiting My Computer, and then click Control Panel, then visit the Network Setup Wizard to see what type of wireless card you have… When you get the brand name visit its website to dowload/install the latest software drivers for your notebook wireless internal card. If all is setup, Win XP will find the router automatically (as a plug-n-play device), and should work with no issues. 😉 Having a built-in wireless card in your notebook is supposed to make networking easy. Hope this helps. /Paul

  6. Jeff Says:

    Hi,

    I need an advice. I recently bought a notebook PC with built-in wireless N card.
    Now I plan to buy a router to expand my existing ADSL broadband to wireless.
    My question is: whether any router, be it G or B, will support the Wireless N card? Or do I have to buy the N router? (which is waaaay overpriced at this moment :p)

    Thanks.
    – Jeff –

  7. gatorball Says:

    Hey Jeff,
    The newest & fastest costly N-cards rock! But remember, you can always (just about) go backwards with technology… Meaning, you can easily setup a wireless G router for about $40 to create a network with your internal N Card. The speed will be a bit slower, but you will not really see the difference (unless, maybe playing some demanding online games). My suggestion — get the G router and be happy! Just remember to upgrade/install all of the latest drivers (I’m sure you know). /Paul

    PS_ Drivers really can make or take the speed and performance of your system, no matter what the hardware. 😉

  8. Jeff Says:

    WOW! that is a fast reply!

    Many many thanks!
    Happy to know that I can still get the G router to work with the N card.

    Thanks again!
    – Jeff –

  9. John Says:

    If I have a g wireless network working and it is too slow for me to load a gps tracker page, if I up grade to A BETTER ROUTER – – not sure which one , I have an old Dlink router 602 -i believe – do i have to change the pc cards in my desk tops to get the need speed for the gps website, I am only gettinf 22mbs on the wireless and it is not enough to open the web pages ?
    Thank You, John

  10. Paul Says:

    No, however, often the speed of your router and the ability to access GPS trackers etc… has nothing to do with the hardware. It has to do with the current speed of your Internet provider (band width, ISP…), and the speed of your total system e.g. the amount of RAM & the quality of your PCI Video Card. All of these hardware and service related items can effect + or neg. your overall speed to access a GPS program, especially online. A faster router may or maynot help. There is no exact answer. Be careful if someone says there is. It is the speed condition of your total system including yor Internet Band width ability.

  11. Kat Says:

    I have a wireless g router I’d like to use with my DSL connection. I also have a network card installed (not wireless) and a Netgear wireless adapter (USB). I must be doing something wrong because I can’t get past the connection to the router on the install. I get an error message like “Unable to connect to router. Check connections or reset to default”. I’ve done this but it still doesn’t work. I am very new at this and any help will be appreciated.


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