There are many types of networks one way to categorize them is by their scope or scale. The common types of networks are: LAN (Local Area Network), WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network), WAN (Wide Area Network), MAN (Metropolitan Area Network), SAN (Storage Area Network or Small Area Network).We can look at how to setup your home wireless windows network.
The first step involves knowing the requirements. Windows network operating system that supports wireless networking. Windows 7 fully supports wireless networking but for windows vista and windows XP, its recommended that you install service pack 2 and service pack respectively.
A broadband (DSL or cable) Internet connection. You will need a broadband or high speed connection provided by an Internet service provider.
A wireless router, a DSL modem or a cable with built-in wireless networking support.
A computer with built-in wireless networking support. If your computer is newer you may already have an in-built wireless capability and so you don’t need a wireless network adopter.
From the requirements, you should first establish some internet connection. Make sure that your internet connection and your cable modem or DSL are working since your wireless windows network depends on this connection.
Then, connect your wireless router. To connect your wireless router to your DSL modem, first locate your DSL modem and unplug it to turn it off. The wireless router should then be connected to your modem. Your modem should stay connected directly to your windows internet and after you have connected everything; your computer will wirelessly connect to your rooter.
If you currently have you computer connected directly to your modem: unplug the network cable from the back of your computer and plug it into the port labeled Internet or WAN. Plug one end of a network cable into your modem and the other end of the network cable into the Internet. If you have your computer connected to a router. Unplug the current cable connected to the internet from your router and plug this cable to the new wireless router.
The other step involves plugging and turning on your cable or DSL modem, give it time to connect to the Internet and the plug in and turn on your wireless router. Internet or WAN should light up indicating that it has successfully connected to your modem.
Then, configure your wireless router. Your windows network through Internet explorer can show you your router’s configuration page. Most of the default should be fine but you need to configure three things:
Your wireless windows network name known as SSID. This name identifies your network and normally appears in a list of available networks.
Wi-Fi protected access which can help protect your wireless windows network.
Your administrative passwords which helps protect your wireless windows network
Connect your computers, printers and other devices to your wireless windows network. You can connect multiple computers, printers and many other peripheral devices such as iPhone, Xbox360, TV. In case the computer you want add has built-in networking adopter otherwise plug in the windows network adopter into your USB port and place the antenna on top of your computer. Windows automatically detects the new adopter and will ask you to insert the CD with your adopter and on-screen instructions will guide you on the configuration process.