High-speed Internet processes information at accelerated speeds. You can connect to it wirelessly if you like move to different locations and surf the net. A wireless connection is cost effective because you only need to buy one set of equipment to power multiple devices. Computers, ebook readers, cell phones and PDAs can all use a wireless network. With the right wireless networking equipment, Wi-Fi signals allow you to connect to the Internet without the use of Ethernet or USB cables. Hooking up high-speed Internet is easy and inexpensive.
Subscribe to an Internet Service Provider, or ISP. High-speed Internet comes in many forms, such as satellite, fiber optics, cable and DSL. Although it is completely up to you which type of Internet to choose, some services may not be available in your area.
Purchase a modem. The type of modem you purchase depends on what type of Internet you have. A modem connects your home network to your Internet Service Provider. You can also buy a modem with a built in wireless router, so you do not have to purchase it separately. A wireless router turns your Internet connection from the modem into radio waves, which allows you to access the Internet with no wires.
Find a wireless router if your modem did not come with one. The routers with the fastest speeds are labeled Wireless G and Wireless N. Wireless G combines all old technology to create faster connection speeds. It supports bandwidth up to 54 Mbps. Wireless N is the newest on the market and is faster than Wireless G. It supports bandwidth up to 100 Mbps. However, Wireless N equipment costs more than Wireless G equipment.
Check if your laptop or other device is ready to use wireless Internet. If it is a newer model, you should be ready to go. If it is an older model, you may have to purchase a network adapter card or USB adapter to receive Wi-Fi signals. The find out if your computer is wireless ready, click on the Start button. In the Search field, type "Device Manager" with no quotes. Click on the Device Manager. Click the plus symbol on Network Adapters. You will see the words "802" or "Wi-Fi" if your computer is wireless ready. If you are a Mac user, click on the Apple icon and locate System Preferences. Locate Network Port Configurations. If you see the word "AirPort," your Mac is wireless ready.
Insert your network adapter card or USB adapter if you had to purchase one. Your computer will automatically detect the device. Follow the instructions to install the driver.
Hook up your modem. The installation depends on what type of Internet you purchased. A cable modem will be hooked up the same way as cable TV. DSL Internet is hooked up using a phone jack.
Connect the modem to your computer to finish setup. Your computer will automatically recognize the modem. Install the driver for the modem. Most modems have a built-in driver, and will run as soon as your computer detects the modem. Some modems do require a CD to be installed. You can find you CD in the in the box in which you received your modem.
Set up the router by connecting to the modem with the Ethernet cables provided. Install the driver on your computer to complete setup. Most routers come with built-in drivers and will run automatically. Some routers ship with installation CDs.
Access the Internet wirelessly. If the modem and router are set up properly, you will now be able to connect to the Internet.
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