With the current technological advancement that everyone around the world enjoys, it is almost impossible to find a home without an internet connection. Internet connection has become a necessity in our modern lives.
With the home network, several devices can be connected to the same internet as well as to each other. Hence, everyone in the home gets to use the same network. In case you do not have a home network, and you do not know how to set it up, keep reading to understand how to achieve the right home network setup diagram.
Before heading out to get the necessary gear to set up your home network, the following are some of the factors you need to consider.
Is it Wired or Wireless?
A wired network is stronger, but not as many devices can connect to it as they can on a wireless network. However, if you want performance and stability, you should consider getting a wired network connection. Wired network is best when you are playing online games or streaming.
What is the Network Coverage?
You need to consider whether you need the network to be within your home or you want it to reach the front and backyard.
Number of devices
Having many devices connected to the same Wi-Fi (in case of a wireless network) does not affect the speed. The speed is only affected (slowed) if all the connected devices are being used at the same time.
To set up the home network, you will need the following:
- Internet connection
- ISP Router/ Modem
- Devices to connected
Once you have all the requirements, you can proceed to set up your home network.
Step 1: Start with the modem
Even though your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may send a technician to do the modem set up for you at the beginning of your contract with them, it is always good to know how to do the set up on your own. Besides, the process is not that hard.
Get the designated cable and plug it in the modem. The cable will only fit in its designated port, so you do not have to worry. Plug in power and then observe the lights.
The Power button should light up solid, but the other lights (Send and Receive) will blink at first. The blinking is simply an indication that the modem is trying to communicate with the ISP. After a few minutes, the Online light will come on indicating that the communication between the modem and your ISP was successful.
Be sure to read your modem’s manual to know more about the lights.
Step 2: Connect the modem to the router
Once your modem is working well, unplug it from the power source before starting to set up the router. In case the router is not brand new, reset it back to factory settings by pressing the reset button using a pen or pen. Resetting the router back to factory settings helps prevent any problems that may arise during the setup process.
Using the Ethernet cable, connect the modem to the router. In most instances, your modem will come with an Ethernet cable. In case you lack the Ethernet cable, you can either make your own or buy one at your local electronics or department store.
On your modem, locate the place to insert the Ethernet cable. The cable can only fit into one port. On the router, look out for a port with the name AP’ or internet’ on it and then insert the cable.
Step 3: Connect the computer
On the router, look for ports labeled AN’ and connect your computer to the route via this port. There may be more than one of these ports, therefore, pick one. Do not plug your computer into the internet’ or AN’ port. Next, plug in the source of power.
Make sure the connected computer has internet access since you are going to use it to set up your router. Make the necessary changes as you set up your router.
Step 4: Connect other devices
Once you are done setting up the router, add the gadgets that you want to connect under the wireless network you have just setup. Once the devices are connected, you are good to go.
From the information above, it is clear that setting up your home network is not rocket science. Follow the steps above to come up with your home network.