Part 1 of 3: Connecting the Hardware
Purchase a wireless router. Routers come in all shapes and sizes. Compare features to find the router that is right for you. If you have more area that you need to cover, or have lots of walls in your home, you’ll need a router with more antennas.
- All modern routers should support 802.11n, or Wireless-N). This is the most stable and quickest frequency, and is backwards compatible with older standards such as 802.11g.
Connect your router to your modem. Wireless routers enable you to share your broadband internet connection with multiple devices. To do so, you will need to connect your broadband modem to the router. For best results, place your router near your modem.
- Connect the router and the modem with an Ethernet cable. Most routers come packaged with a short Ethernet cable that you can use for this.
- Connect the modem to the WAN/Internet port on your router. It is usually offset, and may be color-coded (typically yellow).
Connect any devices you want to hardwire. If you have computers that are close, or a video game console or TV, you can connect them to the router via Ethernet. This will result in a more stable and faster connection, and doesn’t require any extra configuration.
Connect at least one computer via Ethernet. You will need at least one computer connecting via Ethernet cable in order to adjust your router settings. You can disconnect this computer afterwards if you want to connect wirelessly.