How to Set Up a Home Network

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How to Set Up a Home Network

Having a network at home allows you to use all of your devices with your home internet service. The process of setting up a home network varies, depending on what type of devices you own and your internet provider, but there are some basics you can learn before you start a network. To set up a home network you need a few items.


Internet Service

First, you need an internet connection. In most towns, you can get internet service through phone providers or television cable or satellite providers. Once you sign up, the company will assign you with a dedicated IP address and a service person will come to your home to install the needed hardware.



The hardware that will be installed is called a modem. A modem, like a Netgear Modem, is a box that is the hub of your home internet service. If your internet source is through your phone company, the modem will have a phone cord plugged into the back of the modem and the other end of the cord into the phone jack in the wall. If your service is through a television provider, then the modem will most likely be connected to the internet coax installed by your provider.



Only one device can be hooked up to a modem, so to create a network, you will need an adapter to add more devices. A router, such as a TP-Link 300Mbps Wireless N 3G / 4G Router is a box that is connected to your modem and allows you to route the internet connection to multiple devices. Many times, the service provider will offer you a router as part of your plan.

The provider will often install your router when installing the internet service. If not, installing a router is very simple. Connect the Ethernet cable that came with the router into the back of the modem and then plug the power cord into the wall socket. The dedicated spot for the modem Ethernet connection is usually the first port on the router.


Connecting Your Devices to the Router

There are two ways to connect your devices to your router. Depending on your personal home set up, one might be more beneficial than the other.


If you have a basic router, your devices will need to be connected to the router using an Ethernet cable or coax. Just plug one end of the cable into the device and the other end into the router. This type of router only works with computers, laptops and televisions. If your device cannot be connected with coax or an Ethernet cord, then choosing a wireless router would be ideal.


If you have a wireless router, like the Cisco Wireless Router, the device can connect to your internet service using WiFi. Here's how get your devices connected:

1. Turn on the device you would like to connect to the network.

2. Go to the settings.

3. Select the WiFi settings option.

4. Turn on the WiFi.

5. Allow the device to search for local WiFi.

6. The device will present a list of WiFi services in the area. Select the name of your home network. The home network name typically starts with either the brand name of your router or the name of your internet provider.

7. Enter the password provided by your internet provider.

8. The device will connect with your home network and you will be able to use the WiFi connection.



Setting up a home network allows you to connect your smart phone, television, computers, laptops and tablets to one internet connection. Though the set up takes some time, it is very simple and can save you money on data usage through your mobile provider.

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