How to Get a WiFi Connection at Home

By Louise Balle

Wi-Fi, which stands for "wireless fidelity," is a catchy phrase for a wireless Internet connection. Wi-Fi allows you to move around your home with your laptop computer and remain online. As long as you have a cable or DSL Internet connection and a router, you can get a Wi-Fi connection at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Cable or DSL Internet service

Step 1

Install any software that came with your wireless router on the computer that is connected to your cable or DSL modem. Disconnect your modem from the power outlet.

Step 2

Remove the Ethernet or USB cord that connects your computer to your cable or DSL modem from the back of the computer. Connect that cord to the connection labeled "WLAN" or "WAN" on the back of the router. Run another Ethernet cord from the first available port in the router (commonly labeled "1") to the Ethernet port in the computer.

Step 3

Plug in and switch on your wireless router and modem. On your computer, type the network address of your router, listed in your router manual, into an Internet browser window to pull up the router information. Log on using the default user name and password listed in your router manual.

Step 4

Click "Wireless Security" or a similar tab in your router information dashboard, and click the option to generate a new password. Write down the password for future reference; you will need the password to access your Wi-Fi connection. Take note of the "SSID" name of your wireless network as well (commonly "default" or the model name of the router). You may remove the Ethernet connection from the router to the computer.

Step 5

Boot up your laptop, which must have a built-in wireless network connection or a plug-in wireless adapter, available at computer and electronics stores. Double-click the "Wireless Network Connection" icon in your task bar on the bottom right of your computer screen. Click "View Wireless Networks," then "Refresh network list" so that your laptop can look for the wireless signal from the router.

Step 6

Double-click the name of your wireless network in the list, type in your password from Step 4 when prompted, and click "Connect."