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setting up a wireless network

By mcleod_andre ·
blessings y'all!
I would like to know the simplest way to setup a wireless network. Also, i would appreciate suggestions as to what equipment i will need to set it up.
thanks in advance for all the help.

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RE: the simplest way to setup a wireless network

by OH Smeg In reply to setting up a wireless net ...

Get someone else to do it that is the easiest way out.

As to the hardware required that depends on what you need to network and what is already present.

If it is over a wide area you'll need different hardware to a house/home. If it is over a multi story you'll need one WiFi Access Point per floor.

But assuming that it involves a existing LAN all that is required is to add a WiFi Access Point to the existing LAN then add the WiFi Enabled computer to it but you may be required to change the defaults in the Access Point as it may have a upper Limit of 2 or 3 computers to be allowed concurrent connections and if you need to have the WiFi side communicate with the wired side you'll have to bridge the Wired and wireless sides together.

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read this

by Jay217 In reply to setting up a wireless net ...

http://compnetworking.about.com/cs/wirelessproducts/a/howtobuildwlan.htm

What it comes down to is you need a wireless router and wireless capable computers. Plug in the wireless router, there should be instructions included with which ever one out pick.

I recommend the a linksys wrt160N. I've had good results with that line, theres newer versions out too.

From there it depends on what OS your using, but all of them will have a wireless manager of some sort, select your network from the list and enter your pass key.

Good Luck!!

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The Requirements for Setting Up a Wireless Network

by jcrichfield2 In reply to setting up a wireless net ...

First take a look at this video on Youtube

HOW TO SETUP A WIRELESS NETWORK
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlvYyWbzVa0

The basic items needed to setup a wireless network:

Wireless Access Point
Wireless Ethernet Adapter
Internet Connection
Windows 2000 - Present or Linux
Ethernet Cable if you have wired computers.

STEP 1:
Decide were you want to put your WAP (Wireless Access Point). The WAP is your main device that enables computers to transfer data in a wireless manner. Depending on the size of your network, and the square footage of your building. You may want to purchase two wireless access points. The reason why purchase of multiple WAPs may be nessesary is because the wireless signal can only reach out so far. So a good thing to do before you ever even start is determine how far do you want your wireless network to reach, and decide who you want to access.

An ideal spot to position your WAP is in a centralize area of the room. You tend to get better single if you have it in a centralized area of the room. But it is your choice as to where you want to put you wireless access point.

STEP 2:
Once you have your WAP's position established. Make sure that the computer that you want to network has a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) adapter.

An important thing to remember when it the IEEE network standards. 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, etc. 802.11n is the fastest wireless network standard. Your router or WAP has to support, the same network standard the your wireless Network Adapter does or else the router will not see your computer.

STEP 3
Turn on the computer, wait for the logon screen. Assuming that you are using Windows XP, go go to the START menu, click Connect To. Depending on the manufacture of your WAP, in the "Available Wireless Networks" dialog box you should see Linksys, or NETGEAR, BELKIN, or a name in that dialog box. Click the name to connect to the wireless network.

To change the name of your network you will have to get into your Wireless Router or Wireless Access Point's Firmware to change those settings.

The benefits of setting up a wireless network that you elimination the use of cables. A major draw back of wireless network is their lack of security.There are several different security measures that can be taken to increase security. MAC Filtering, Encryption, hiding SSID, Firewall, Network Address translation. Wireless networks are also slower then Ethernet networks. Speaking of Ethernet, you can have a mixed network, composed of Ethernet and Wireless devices combined.

If you want all of your computers to share the Internet you will have to plug your Internet line directly into the designated port for the Internet. Now in some cases it is not that simple. If you have DSL you will have to run a Ethernet line from your Router or WAP to your DSL modem. Then go into the Wireless Access Points firmware and type in the DNS (Domain Name Service) suffix for your Internet Service Provider. Like Comcast.com or ffni.com, so on so fourth. In order to recieve an IP address you have to configure your Router for DHCP, which means that your IP address will change every time you connect to the internet. Normally ISPs do not assign customers Static IP,s unless they are running a dedicated server or a Web Site.

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