Did you recently have internet installed in your home?  Do you need a little help getting it  set up?  This is a “how to” guide on how to make sure your wireless network is safe and secure.  The first step is to make sure you have all the equipment you need to get the job done.  When setting up a wireless network at home, consider how large the house is and if you want to have internet outside.  There are different kinds of wireless technologies you should look at.

The different wireless security protocols are WEP, WPA and WPA2.  WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) was created in 1997 to keep wireless networks secure but, due to it’s 24 bit vector it was easily hacked and broken into.  By 2003 WPA(WiFi protected access) came out and went up to 128 bits encryption which made it five times more secure.  The next year in 2004 WPA2 came out a new tech that would replace RC4 and TKIP(Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) with CCMP and AES which used a different algorithm that made  stronger authorization and encryption.

These routers were some of the top rated routers on Best Buys website.  Starting from the left, the RangeMax N600 dual-band wireless-n router has 802.11n wireless technology which  is capable of 300Mbps and range up to 300 feet.  Also it has WPA wireless protocol  This router would be good for medium homes with limited amount of internet usage.  

The next router is the AC1750 which works up to 1750Mps and has the range of 300 feet and the security protocol WPA2-PSK .  If you’re looking to have more devices connected for instance gaming systems, computer and tablets, this would be a good choice.  When setting up any of these routers, a wireless extender or powerline adaptor may help to extend the range.

The last router the Nighthawk X6s AC4000 is the best of the best.  Don’t get me wrong, it has the same type of security as the AC1750 however,  because it’s a tri-band router the data is going to move much quicker.  Picture a highway… the more roads, the faster people can get somewhere.  For example a dual band router has two roads and a tri has three.  Other great features of this device are its speed of 4GB per second and has it has six wifi antennas for better range.  Lastly, you can access this router remotely with VPN (virtual private network).

After you pick out a router, now it’s time to find a place to install it.  Usually it is going to go where the cable box is setup.  Make sure it’s as close to the center of the house as possible so that it can reach all of your devices.  If you are planning to use a range extender, split them up evenly.

The next step is to connect the router to the internet.  The router should come with an ethernet cable to connect from the internet port on the back of the cable modem to the internet (WAN) port on the router.

Assuming that your modem is active and working the next step is  to plug in any wired devices into the LAN ports on the router, for instance, any gaming systems or computers.  After this step find your power adapter and plug it in the back of the router and the other end in an outlet.

After the router is powered up you need to configure it.  Some routers are easier to setup than others.  For example, I setup a Belkin for my sister's apartment. This router was very easy to configure.  Basically I had to connect to the wireless signal from the router from a computer and put in the default password that was printed on the label on the bottom of the router.  After that a web page came up and  guided you thru the process of setting up a password.  I wanted to look deeper into the router and see what other options it had.  So, I found the gateway ip address by opening network sharing center>change adapter settings> and right clicking on the WiFi adapter connected and right clicking and going to status and details.

After I put in the Gateway IP address it came up with the Belkin router home page.  This is where  different features the router has are displayed… for example, guest access, media sharing and others.  

To make sure the network is secure, it’s important to change the password of the router's web interface and WiFi. The use of a passphrase and not just a word will help to protect your network.  After you’re done with that the wireless is all setup.  Thanks for reading and I hope everything works out well.