Wireless routers are readily available for consumers to purchase and set up wireless local area networks, or WLANs, in their homes or small businesses. Verizon customers can combine their DSL modems with a wireless modem to connect laptops, video game consoles, cellular phones and other devices to their network to share the Internet and documents on the network. Since Verizon provides high-speed, broadband Internet service, the user can connect multiple devices to share the connection without reducing the performance of the Internet.
Power down the computer that is currently connected to the Verizon router and remove the Ethernet cable from the computer by pinching the small tab on the connector and pulling the cable straight out of the port.
Press the "Power" button to turn off your modem. If no button exists, pull the power adapter out from the port on the modem. Disconnect the modem from the Internet by removing the phone cord from the modem jack.
Place your wireless router on a stable surface within the vicinity of the DSL modem and connect the router to a computer (you can later disconnect or switch to a wireless connection but installation requires an initial, wired connection) by pushing one end of an Ethernet cable into the computer's Ethernet port and the other into one of the Ethernet ports on the modem.
Connect your Verizon modem to the wireless router by connecting one end of an Ethernet cable to the "Line In" or "Internet" port on the router and the other end to the "Line Out" port on the modem.
Reconnect the cord between the phone jack and the modem to establish connectivity and, if applicable, replace the power adapter to power-on the modem. Connect the power adapter to the router and press the "Power" button on any exisiting devices.
Turn on your computer (that is connected to the modem via the Ethernet cable), which will have an Internet connection. Insert the installation CD that came with your wireless modem and follow the prompts to install the program. Although this step isn't typically necessary, router manufacturers provide additional network management tools in the form of proprietary software.
Login to your router's administration panel after installation has completed. For Linksys routers, open your Web browser and enter "http://192.168.1.1/" (without quotes) into the address field. Netgear users can access their control panel by entering "http://routerlogin.net" in their Web browser. For other routers, refer to the installation manual or the Router Passwords site (see Resources). You can then change settings (such as network security type, name (SSID) and passwords).
- When logging into your router dashboard for the first time, the default username is usually "admin" while the password is "password" or left blank.
- Some routers come with default SSID (name) and password values so you can automatically connect to your wireless network without setting up the network.
- Specific Verizon modems double as wired routers and you must change these modems to bridge mode to use a wireless router (see Resources).
- Add a password or security key to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing your wireless network and accessing any files that you have set as available to the network.
- Change the password for your router's administration panel so that others cannot access or change your router settings.
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