How to Add WiFi to My DSL Internet

by Jackson Lewis

Wi-Fi is commonly referred to as wireless Internet. Essentially, that is exactly what it is. You have probably come in contact with Wi-Fi and not even known it. It can be found at any place that features wireless Internet access. The “hot spots,” as they are called, can often times be located in coffee shops, airports, and even bookstores. Wireless connectivity does not have to be limited to external destinations; it can be created in your own home, provided, of course, that you have a fast internet connection such as DSL or cable Internet.

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Purchase a wireless router online or at an electronics store. Although there are several types of wireless routers, a good all-around choice for typical home use is what is called a “wireless G” router.

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Disconnect your DSL or cable modem from its power source while leaving it connected to the Internet.

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Disconnect your DSL or cable modem from your computer. Then, connect the end of the ethernet or USB cable that was previously plugged into your computer into the “Internet” port on your router.

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Plug in your DSL or cable modem and turn it on. Once your modem reconnects to the internet, plug in your wireless router and turn it on.

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Connect your computer to your router with the provided network cable. Insert the software that came with your router and follow the instructions it gives you to configure your router. Once you are finished, unplug the network cable from both your computer and your router. Your computer will now be able to connect to the router through its wireless capabilities. The majority of wireless routers sold today will request you enable your wireless network with a password in order to prevent others from using your wireless network without permission.

About the Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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