Verizon broadband accounts come with wireless routers or gateways that combine a DSL modem with wireless network capability. When you received your Verizon DSL installation kit, the instructions walked you through your home wireless network setup. To hook up a new computer, just add that computer to your existing wireless network.
Open the "Start" menu in Windows and navigate to "Network," "Network and Sharing System," "Connect to a Network," "Wireless Network." These are the menu names for Windows 7. Previous versions of Windows use similar menu names.
Locate your network name from the list of available wireless networks that appears. If you have a Mac, click on the AirPort icon next to the system clock; you'll see your network name in the drop-down list.
Check the box marked "Connect to this wireless network regularly" (Windows) or "Automatically connect to this network" (Mac). The wording may vary slightly in different versions of the operating systems.
Click "Connect" and enter the network password when prompted. Your computer will store the password and automatically connect to the network when it's within the signal range.
- To connect an older wired DSL modem to a new computer, Verizon requires you to install your original installation CD on the new computer. Remove the Ethernet cable from the old computer and plug it into the new computer. Unplug the modem for at least 30 seconds to reset the connection, then install the CD on the new computer.
- Wireless signals can travel through approximately two walls before signal strength significantly weakens. Verizon recommends placing the wireless router or gateway in a central location in your home. Position your new computer within two rooms of the router for best reception.
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