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Instructions to setup a Wireless connection using a Wireless Router

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This page is intended to give you the most basic instructions to setup a wireless connection using a wireless router. These instructions are extremely generalized because different router models have different configuration interfaces. Most wireless routers today come with a Setup CD that can guide you through the process of setting up a wireless connection step-by-step. If you don't have, or prefer not to install the manufacturer's software, this page is for you!

The first step is to ensure your router is setup as shown on the Router Setup page. Once those wired connections are made and the router has fully powered on, continue from here.

Many manufacturers will have a wireless connection setup by default, typically named the same as the company such as "linksys" or "netgear". While you may use this default connection, it is not secure in any way. Anyone within 30 feet or more could also use this wireless connection to access your internet connection, or worse, your personal computers. For your own benefit, we recommend placing security on your wireless router.

Once your computer has a wired connection to the router, you may open Internet Explorer (or your favorite web browser) and enter the address for the router's configuration page. This address is normally, for each individual router, look in the User's Guide or on the bottom of the router to see the default address and default administration login information.


After entering the correct address you should immediately be prompted for your login information, found either in your User Guide or on the bottom of your router.


After entering the correct Username and Password, the Welcome page or Basic Setting page should appear. As stated on the Router Setup page, these settings should be set to automatically obtain addresses in order to access your Air Advantage Internet.


On the left of the example page, under "Setup", you can see a link for "Wireless Settings". This contains the basic settings for your wireless connection. The "Wireless Settings" link under the "Advanced" header should not be needed for typical home use. If you wish to make advanced changes, we recommend reading your User Guide or contacting the router's manufacturer for support in doing so.


On the Wireless Settings page you can access all the settings you should need to customize your wireless connection. First you should see a SSID setting. The SSID is the name of you wireless connection. When you or your guests would like to access the wireless connection, this is how they will be able to tell which connection belongs to you; it can be anything you want. The Channel and Mode settings are best left at their defaults for most purposes. The Channel is to select a specific channel on the wireless range in order to provide options to prevent devices that use the same band from interfering with eachother. The Mode setting specifies which standard you want to use. Almost all laptops now have B and G available. New devices also have the option to connection to N type connections. If you must choose one, for typical home use, we reccomend G Mode.

To place a password on the wireless conection, we reccommend a WPA-PSK (TKIP) encoded passphrase. The passphrase (password) can be anything you like, however, know that this password can be cracked given enough time and spelling words as they would appear in a dictionary makes it all the easier to forcably access your connection. So choose something that would be difficult to guess and write it down in your User Guide.

In order to prevent someone else from changing everything you just did, it would also be a good idea to change the Administrator password on the router itself. As you no doubt saw, the default password is not exactly secure. On the examples above, you would click the "Set Password" link under the "Maintenance" heading.

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