While you might have a number of different computers in your home or apartment, the truth is that they all want to play together. They want to be on the same network so that they can share information and your speedy wireless connection. When you can learn how to network your computers to be on the same system, then you will be able to share your Internet resources and you can then take over the world! Well, you can get online, anyway.
Get a Router
When you want to connect computers together, you need to have a central meeting point where they will be able to connect. This is the router when you are building a wireless Internet system. You will want to purchase a router at your local electronics store, preferably one that your Internet Service Provider recommends. Once you have this router at home, follow the directions on the package, install the software, and basically do all of the things they tell you to do. And while you are doing this, then you should get on the phone with the help center as routers never seem to be ready to go after the initial installation. Be prepared to be frustrated.
Enable Wireless Connections
Next, go to each of the computers or laptops that you want to connect to the network. Check to make sure they have a wireless connection established and ready to send out to find the router signal. If the computer doesn’t already have a wireless connection, then it might not be enabled or you might need to install a wireless card, if the computer is very old. Once your computers show that there is a network in your home, then you’re almost ready to finish up the installation and to begin to surf the Web as a family.
Link Up the Computers
Finally, go to the router signal and then type in the password you have chosen, linking each computer to the signal. You should be all set up as a network at that point. If something is still wrong, talk to the router manufacturer help desk to see if there’s anything else you need to do. If not, then you might want to take a break and come back to the system in a few hours when you can figure out where you went wrong. The link should stay in place until you decide to turn it off, so this should be the last step for a long time when it comes to your Internet connection network. If not, then you did something wrong.
A network for your computers at home is not a difficult system to setup, but you will probably still need to call for help at some point. With the every dummy-friendly routers available, you will certainly be able to get everyone online, just as you want to. Now, if only programming your VCR was that easy. (Wait, you still have a VCR?)