If you have a small business, you will want to set up a computer network to allow more than one computer or device to go online. This will also allow wireless devices to connect to your network, so that you can use laptops anywhere in the office. Additionally, when you set up a network, you are able to share files and printers.
The first thing you will need to set up your network is hardware and an Internet connection. If you already have an Internet service provider, you probably have a modem. Some Internet Service Providers offer wireless gateways, which are modems with wireless routers built in. If you only have a stand alone modem that connects one computer at a time, you will need to purchase a wireless router.
Your best bet is to get a wireless N router. It is the fastest wireless connection type and it also has the widest wireless range.
Get Your Computers All Connected Properly
If you already have a modem, be sure to get a stand alone router because you cannot connect a gateway to a modem. You may also need to get wireless USB adapters for any computers that do not already have built in wireless capabilities. All laptops manufactured today have built in wireless cards, but most desktop computers do not.
Once you have your wireless router, modem and computers and devices ready for wireless connections, you will need to set up your wireless network.
Most routers come with a disc that walks you through the installation step by step, but here are some things you should know. To begin with, you want to be sure that you password protect your wireless connection. If there is not a password required to connect to your network, you are sharing your Internet connection with anyone in range, and this can also give people access to computers and files on your network.
Make Sure You’ve Secured Everything Correctly
When you go to set up your wireless password, you will be given options for the type of encryption that you want. The most secure encryption types are WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK. They allow you to create passwords with letters, numbers and symbols, and they are case sensitive. Once you have finished running through your router’s installation setup disk, you will be able to connect your PCs and wireless devices to your network and the Internet.
Routers can handle up to 255 wireless connections, so you will have no problems with getting everything you need online.
The next step is to set up file and printer sharing on your PCs. Each version of Windows has a slightly different way of doing this, but Windows Vista and 7 are very user friendly. You will also want to make sure that you create a password for connecting to your PC network to ensure protection of your files. Once you do this, you are able to share documents and print from any computer on your network.
David Borg works with Dell. When David is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family. If you’re looking for more information on Desktop Computers and networking David recommends visiting Dell.ca.