How do I setup a wireless network to my DSL connection?

by on April 21, 2010

Q: My sister has Internet access via DSL. I’m in the basement and want to know what do I need to have in order to set up a wireless connection to my computer?


2 Responses to “How do I setup a wireless network to my DSL connection?”
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    First off, you’re going to need a router if you don’t already have one in the house. (Example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190 ) this router will allow up to 4 computers to be connected to your DSL connection via Ethernet cable, and a good number of computers via Wireless Connection.

    If you decide to try the wireless, and have a desktop PC you’ll probably also need to buy a wireless card for your computer. Most laptops already have one built in.

    Depending on the house, you might have a hard time with wireless reception going through all those floors.

    If you can find a way to do it, you’ll get the best (and cheapest) results by running an Ethernet cable down to where you’re at.

    Follow the instructions that come with the router for how to set everything up.

    If you’re unable to get a Wireless Signal in the basement, and you can’t find a way to run an Ethernet cable down, you can also try powerline networking.

    This article will tell you more about it: http://www.netgear.com/Solutions/HomeNetworking/PowerlineNetworking.aspx

    Hopefully this will get you of running in the right direction!

     
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    Does your computer have a wireless adapter in it? For the DSL you will need some sort of a wireless Router. I recommend Linksys or Netgear. Here is a link to a recommended device.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124385&cm_re=linksys_wireless-_-33-124-385-_-Product The Wireless N costs a little more than Wireless G but you will get better data rates and better distance from the wireless router. You can find Wireless Routers at most stores. Wal Mart, Best Buy, Staples.

    Make sure that when you get the router set up that you set up Encryption for the wireless connection to secure it and keep other people out of your network. You can follow this guide to set up encryption. http://www.askageek.com/2008/01/14/securing-a-linksys-wireless-networking-using-wpa-encryption/

    Josh