If you want a wireless Internet service to access the web from your computer or laptop at home or to be able to set up a wireless network, you have to set up a wireless modem first. This is how you set up your modem:
- Find your wide area network (WAN) connection cable. This will provide you with a connection to the actual Internet. Your modem should have a wireless port that is labeled as either “WAN” or “Internet.” This is where you have to plug your WAN in.
- Connect your computer to your modem with an Ethernet cord. This is only a temporary setup for you to be able to set up the wireless network. To do this, open a web browser of your choice, type in the IP address of your modem—the IP address usually appears as a series of numbers—and log in with the default username and password. This information might have been provided to you by the salesperson upon purchase, or if not, you can look it up in the wireless router’s operating manual. A broadband modem and gateway modem might have differences between the kinds of service they offer, so what you need to initially do might vary in some ways. You can check the operation manual of your modem for any changes.
- Once you’ve accessed your wireless modem’s configuration screen, you can then activate the security settings. This is very important to keep your computer secure. First, you must encrypt the network traffic. There should be a ‘Network Encryption’ button or something similar in the modem’s configuration screen. The main types of encryption are WEP, WPA, and WPA-II. WPA-II is most secure of the three, so if you can, encrypt with WPA-II. At this point, it’s also a good idea to think of the password you’re going to set. Try to memorize the password instead of writing it down in a card that you can lose somewhere or which other people might openly see.
- If you want to keep your network more secure, you can change the SSID or network name from the default one that has been given to you. Keeping the default name wouldn’t really do anything to compromise your security, but networks that still have the default ID might be considered open game by hackers because it is usually assumed to mean that the network’s security is weak. You might also want to set up a wireless firewall for extra security.
- Exit the configuration screen. Your wireless modem is now configured for use.
Depending on where you set up your wireless modem, the antenna might not pick up enough reception to access the Internet while you’re outside your house. If you choose to install your modem on an outside wall or some other place which will allow you to access the web while you’re trying to relax outside at the same time, make sure that the modem is in a cool, dry and secure place where it won’t be affected by changes in the weather. Also check that the antenna of your modem isn’t blocked by any plastic, etc. which might affect its performance.