How to Set Up a Netopia Wireless Router

You can set up the Netopia wireless routers in a variety of different network and security types. You'll need to log in to the router and change some of its settings in order to set up a wireless network. Only experienced users should change most of the setup and security options; unless you know what you're doing, only make basic changes. Configure your Netopia wireless router in a basic, moderately secure setup to allow computers to connect to it wirelessly.

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Wireless networks let you connect to other networked computers from anywhere you have network reception.

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Plug an Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on the back of the Netopia wireless router labeled "LAN."

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Ethernet cables are slightly wider than telephone cables.

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Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to an Ethernet port on your computer.

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Plug the wireless router's power supply into a power outlet. Wait 30 seconds.

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Open a Web browser, type "http://192.168.1.254" into the Web address bar and hit "Enter."

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Type "admin" into the user name field and the serial number of the router into the password field. The router's serial number should appear on a sticker on the bottom of the router.

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Click "Configure" in the menu bar at the top of the window, and select "LAN." If the menu bar is not visible, click the "Expert Mode" link in the panel on the left side of the window and click "OK" to confirm you want to enter expert mode.

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Click "Wireless" in the "Other LAN Options" section, and check the the "Enable Wireless" box.

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Enter a name into the "SSID (Network ID)" text field. This will be the name of your wireless network.

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Select "Off—No Privacy" from the "Use Encryption" menu, and click "Submit."

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Click "Advanced" under "Other Wireless Options," and check the box next to "Enable Closed System Mode." Cick "Submit."

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Click "MAC Authorization" and uncheck the box next to "Enable Wireless MAC Authorization." Click "Submit."

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Click the "Caution" icon in the top right corner of the screen that looks like an exclamation mark inside a yellow triangle, then click the "Save and Restart" link and wait one minute.

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Disconnect the Ethernet cable connecting the computer to the router if you want to connect to the wireless network instead.

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Open the "Start" menu on your computer, and click "Control Panel."

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Click "Network and Internet," then "Network and Sharing Center." Click the "Set up a new connection or network" link in the "Change your networking settings" section.

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Select "Manually connect to a wireless network," then click "Next."

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Enter the network name, and select "No authentication (Open)" from the "Security type" menu.

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Check the "Start this connection automatically" and "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting" boxes, then click "Next" then "Close" to complete the wireless connection. Your Netopia wireless router is now set up for wired and wireless networking.

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Repeat steps 14 through 18 to connect other computers to the wireless network.