How to Set Up WiFi

By Billy Kirk

Wireless Internet affords you the ability to move freely around your home or office and stay connected to a strong, broadband-quality Internet signal. You can set up a public or private WiFi connection using only a broadband modem, a wireless router and your computer. No previous experience with setting up WiFi networks is necessary to complete the task, and you won't need an existing wealth of general computer knowledge either.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless router
  • Broadband modem
  • Ethernet cable
  • Router manual

Step 1

Unplug the modem from the power source.

Step 2

Plug the Ethernet cable into the rear of the wireless router. There will be an Ethernet port on the back of the router marked as "Internet."

Step 3

Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into the back of the broadband modem.

Step 4

Reconnect the broadband modem to the power source and allow it a moment to reboot and initialize its settings. You may need to select the "Reset" button on the top or back of the modem after plugging it back in. This button's location will vary by the kind of modem you own.

Step 5

Read the manual and documentation that came with your wireless router. Within this manual will be the manufacturer provided URL (web address) and password that must be used to set up your router and Internet connection.

Step 6

Type the URL provided by the manual into your web browser. When prompted, enter the password.

Step 7

Select a wireless network name, or "SSID," when prompted. This will be the name associated with your new connection.

Step 8

Choose whether to encrypt your new network. You may choose either WEP or WPA security encryption, although WPA is a better encryption method and is highly recommended due to its more advanced features.

Step 9

Choose a password to assign to your wireless connection if you decided to encrypt it with WEP or WPA security encryption. You should be able to easily remember the password, but it can't be so common that someone else may easily guess it.

Step 10

Hit "Apply" to save all your new wireless network settings.

Step 11

Click on the wireless icon on your desktop. If you are running the Windows operating system, this icon will be on the bottom right toolbar. If you are running a version of OS X on a Mac, you will find this icon on the right side of the top toolbar.

Step 12

Look over the list of available wireless networks in range that shows up after clicking on the wireless icon. Select the name of the network you just created to join it.