How to Connect to Wireless Broadband

by Billy Kirk

Connecting to wireless broadband Internet requires multiple steps, but it is a task that can be accomplished by anyone, even if you lack advanced computer or networking skills. The wireless router must be connected, the broadband modem must be initialized and the router's settings must be set up via a temporary Internet connection. With all this in place, your wireless broadband connection can be established and enjoyed by all within your home with little preparation and preexisting knowledge.

Check to see that the computer you wish to connect to wireless broadband is not connected to the Internet. Disconnect your modem from the wall.

Make the connection between your wireless router and your high-speed, broadband modem. These connections vary slightly depending upon the router that is being used, so your router documentation should always be on hand. In general, though, the connection will be made by taking the network cable and connecting it to the router. This connection will be made on the port listed either as WAN, WLAN or Internet on the back side of the router.

Allow the cable modem to initialize. Take the cable modem and plug it into the wall socket and wait a moment while the initialization process occurs. Then, take the router's network cable and plug it into the wireless router. In this case, the port necessary will be a port that is not the Internet, WAN or WLAN port. With this done, you will have a temporary connection to allow you to access the Internet and configure your wireless router so as to connect to wireless broadband.

Power on the computer and load your browser. Your wireless router manufacturer should have provided a special URL (Internet address) for you to input into your browser. With this address, you may configure the router settings on your wireless router. First, configure the name of your wireless network, which is also called the SSID. Select any name you like for the SSID. Also, select the password for your wireless network here. This will keep others from using your network and connection.

Hit "Apply" to save all your wireless settings. Disconnect the network cable from your PC to eliminate the temporary connection you set up earlier.

Access your new wireless network. To do so, right click the network icon on your computer. This is located at the bottom right of your desktop screen. Select "View Available Wireless Networks" from the menu that pops up. Select the wireless network you just created (its SSID/name will appear). Utilize your new wireless router and connection.

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About the Author

Billy Kirk is an experienced professional writer and editor who has written and published articles of varying topics and varying types including news articles, special features and editorials. He has written extensively for regular online publications as well as blogs. Kirk holds a Bachelor of Arts in media production from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.