The Dummy Guide to Setting up Your Home Network

The Dummy Guide to Setting up Your Home Network

For someone who is new to this, on the surface setting up your home network can seem pretty complicated. If you don’t know the basics we suggest finding a list of the most popular network mapping tools. We know the results might seem complicated, luckily, it’s much easier than it may seem and you don’t actually need to know the lingo to be able to set it up. We’ve compiled a guide for you with everything you need to know about how to set up your home network and when it’s broken down it is much easier to follow.

Connect your router

This is a very important step as your router acts as the connection between all your devices and your home network. It’s important that you make sure any devices you want to connect are configured properly and have the correct network adapter, this is a common mistake many people make. To connect your router to your network you need to use an ethernet cable so make sure you have one before you start.

Access the Interface

To do this you’ll have to connect a device like your laptop to the router and then you’ll be able to access the interface. Once you access this you need to change your laptop’s IP settings so that they match up with the IP settings of your router, by doing this you’ve made it so your laptop can communicate with your router. Once they can communicate you can use your laptop to gain access to the software of your router which is needed for setup.

Change the settings

The settings that you need to look out for at this stage and make sure are correct are; the IP address, security, and the SSID. Security is extremely important when setting up your home network as if it’s configured incorrectly then it leaves you and your data vulnerable. All of these changes are made in the same place which makes this much easier, they can be accessed at the router’s management interface, usually in the basic settings area. Whilst most are similar if you’re struggling to find these settings you’ll have to contact the manufactures of your router who will be able to give you all the information you need.

Set up sharing

Once you’ve gotten to this stage, the most difficult part of the process is complete so well done. You might have thought it would be difficult but the process is almost complete. Now the network is set up there are only a few simple things left to do, so everyone can access the network you should create a HomeGroup, the most popular way to do this is with Windows.

Create accounts

By creating user accounts for all the users who will be connected to this network is allows for each user’s privacy as their data will require a password to access. If you control the network and you’re concerned for example about what your kids might be doing, the controller can still keep tabs on what the other users are doing.

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