How to Set Up a Wireless Router

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Wireless networks allow you to access the Internet from your virtually anywhere. Installing the wireless router to make that possible is easier than you think.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless- ready computer or a wireless network adapter
  • Wireless router
  • Installation disc for your router
  • Ethernet or USB port
  • Broadband Internet connection

Step 1

Verify that you have the equipment to set up a wireless router. You'll need a Broadband Internet connection, a wireless-ready computer or a wireless network adapter and a wireless router.

Step 2

Disconnect your cable or DSL modem from your computer if the two are directly connected. Plug the network cable into the port on the back of your wireless router that has the label Internet, WAN (Wide Area Network) or WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network).

Step 3

Insert one end of the network cable included with your wireless router into your modem. Insert the other end of that cable into your router's Internet, WAN or WLAN port. Perform this step if your computer doesn't have an Internet connection.

Step 4

Reconnect the power to your cable or DSL modem. Allow 30 seconds for an Internet connection to be established before plugging in and turning on your wireless router.

Step 5

Look for the Internet, WAN or WLAN light on your router to go on. This signifies a successful connection.

Step 6

Follow the instructions on the installation disc to configure your wireless router. This includes protecting your router with security, such as a web key or WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access). Save your settings and begin using your wireless router.

Tips & Warnings

  • Select a network adapter and wireless router manufactured by the same company.