How to Set Up a Wireless Connection

By James Wright

Wireless Internet is a fast-evolving and increasingly common service that allows you to access the Internet from any location that has a wireless connection set up, whether it's a school, place of work or a residence, as long as you have a wireless-enabled device. You can also set up a wireless connection in your own home, which will allow you to access your home connection from anywhere in your house. As long as you already have a high-speed connection set up, you should be able to set up a wireless connection without any hassle.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless modem/router

Step 1

Ensure that your current modem/router is wireless-ready. You may need to check your device's manual for this information. If you received this hardware from your ISP, they may be able to help you. Your device will be where the wireless signal originates, so if it is wireless-ready, all you need to do is alter a few settings. If not, you may need to purchase a new router.

Step 2

Make sure at least one of your computers is plugged into the modem, and then turn it on and open a Web browser. You will be able to access the modem's settings through the web browser. How you access your modem will vary depending on the model, so check your manual to see what you need to do. (As an example, to access a Linksys router, you type in "" into the address bar.)

Step 3

Look for the wireless settings in the device's control panel. Here you will be able to enable the wireless connection, or as it may be called in the control panel, "SSID Broadcast." Once this is enabled, create a custom password for your wireless connection. (Some connections, by default, do not come with a password, or have a basic, easy-to-guess password.) You can also give your connection a custom name to make it more discernible. Save your changes when you are finished.

Step 4

Test your connection by attempting to connect to it with a wireless device, such as a laptop. Search for a wireless connection, and you should see your wireless connection's name. Attempt to connect, and then type in the password you just created. You should now be connected to your own wireless network.