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Installing and configuring an Actiontec MI424WR wireless home network
Let Verizon In-Home Agent do the work for you. In-Home Agent is an easy-to-use software that can automatically configure your laptop and PCs to connect to your Verizon Broadband Home Router and to the Internet. It provides automated networking for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computers.
Manually creating an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP requires six steps:
Step 1: Verifying installation
Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your Actiontec MI424WR router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to verify you can connect to the Internet.
Step 2: Preparations
Before you begin setting up your wireless network, be sure that you have completed each item on the checklist below.
Step 3: Setting up your network in Windows
Before you can connect a computer to your home network, you must configure Windows to automatically obtain an IP address for the Actiontec router.
Although you can set up a home network in Windows 98 SE, Me and 2000, you will find it significantly easier if the computer connected to the router is running Windows XP. Windows XP was designed with features and installation wizards specifically for home networking.
Note: The instructions for installing a home network in the earlier versions of Windows will be released in the future. Until these instructions are released, you can find information on the Microsoft Web site.
Step 4: Configuring the wireless security settings on your Actiontec MI424WR router
Security is an important issue when using a wireless home network. Because radio waves are used to transfer information between your networked computers, it's possible for hackers to intercept this information. Taking advantage of the security features built into your Actiontec MI424WR router can make it more difficult for hackers to access your personal information.
Your Actiontec MI424WR router comes with an assigned ESSID (may also be called SSID) and WEP encryption key to make installation easier and provide immediate protection for your home network. WEP encryption is compatible with nearly all wireless devices, so a minimum level of security is provided for your network as soon as you set it up.
However, WEP encryption does not protect your wireless network from a determined hacker. Verizon recommends using WPA encryption on your Actiontec MI424WR home network, since it isn't compatible with WPA2. All wireless devices connected to your wireless network must be compatible with the type of encryption you use. Review the potential WPA compatibility issues before setting up WPA encryption.
Note: The Westell wireless USB adapters are not compatible with WPA encryption. If you want to use WPA encryption with a wireless USB adapter, you must upgrade to the ZyXEL G-220 wireless adapter.
Select the type of network encryption you want to use for your Actiontec MI424WR network.
Step 5: Connecting additional computers
If you have additional computers you want to connect to your wireless network, please follow the directions below. If you have no additional computers to connect, you can skip to Step 6.
The instructions for adding a computer to your wireless network depends on whether the computer you're adding has a wireless network adapter already installed.
Step 6: Testing your Internet connection
The final step is to test your Internet connection on each computer on your home network. This ensures that all the connections are secure, and the hardware configurations are working properly.
You have successfully installed your wireless home network. When you're ready, the next step to get the maximum benefits from your home network is to configure Windows to to share folders and printers.