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 Installing and configuring a wireless home network using a D-Link router  
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Steps to create a D-Link wireless home network in Windows XP


Creating a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP requires six steps:

  1. Verify Installation

  2. Installation Preparations

  3. Windows Setup
     
  4. Update Security
     
  5. Add Computers

  6. Test Connections
Figure depicting D-Link wireless router



Step 1: Verify installation
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Steps to create a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP


Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your D-Link DI-6234 router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to verify you can connect to the Internet.

  1. Open Internet Explorer or any other browser on your computer.


  2. Enter http://verizon.com into the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
Figure depicting Internet Explorer



Step 2: Preparations
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Steps to create a D-Link Di-624 wireless home network in Windows XP


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 home network in Windows XP
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Steps to create a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP


Although you can set up a home network in earlier versions of Windows, 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.

  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Click All Programs

Download the complete instructions for easy printing. Download the Windows Setup instructions for easy printing.
  1. Click Accessories


Figure depicting menus to access the Network Setup Wizard


1. Note: The name cannot contain spaces or special characters.

1. Note: The workgroup name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.


Figure depicting Network Setup Wizard
  1. Click Communications


  2. Select Network Setup Wizard


  3. Click Next when the Welcome to the Network Setup Wizard displays.
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  4. Review the preparation steps and click Next. Please disregard the note to install the network adapters and turn on all peripherals. That will be done in a later step.

    Figure depicting the Network Setup Wizard


  5. If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next.
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  6. Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.
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  7. Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next.

    Figure depicting Home Networking Wizard


  8. Enter a description in the Computer description field for the computer you are connecting to the gateway. It should be a description that differentiates it from the other computers that will be on the network (For example, office desktop).
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  9. Enter a name for this computer in the Computer name field. The name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.
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    1. Note: The name cannot contain spaces or special characters.


  10. Enter a name for your network workgroup in the Workgroup name field and click Next. All computers connected to your network must be assigned to the same workgroup.

    1. Note : The workgroup name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.

    Figure depicting Network Setup Wizard


  11. Verify the network settings you have entered and click Next.


  12. Select Create a Network Setup Disk and click Next.
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  13. Select the drive where you want to save the information from the options displayed and click Next.
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  14. Follow the directions for the type of drive you selected and click Next.


  15. Review the instructions for using the setup disk.

    Figure depicting steps to use the setup disk

  16. Remove the disk from the drive and click Next.


  17. Click Finish. You will use this setup disk later if you add other computers to your network.
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  18. If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
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Step 4: Configuring the wireless security settings on your D-Link router
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Steps to create a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP


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 D-Link router can make it much more difficult for hackers to access your personal information.

The level of protection required for your home network is dependent on the type of information stored on your home network. You have to decide what level of protection you need and how you are going to provide that protection. This section provides information on the most basic steps to increase the security of your home network. It is not intended to include a description of all the possible security features provided by the D-Link router.

Take a few minutes now to improve the security of your home network by changing the initial settings of your D-Link router to provide the level of protection you need. Periodically, you should maintain the security of your home network by changing your router password, SSID, and WEP key.

Note: You may have already completed some of the initial security updates listed below during installation. Simply skip the steps that you have already completed.

Initial Security Settings
Change the wireless settings
Change your default router password
Enable MAC Address filtering
Block WAN requests



Step 5: Adding other computers to your D-Link wireless home network
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Steps to create a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP


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.

If your computer has a wireless adapter built in or you have previously installed a wireless network adapter, you only need to set up the connection to the wireless network. The directions are much simpler and generally take less than five minutes to complete. If you're unsure about whether you have a wireless network adapter, you can use Windows Device Manager to determine whether you have one installed.

If you don't have a wireless network adapter installed, connecting an additional computer will require two major steps:


  1. Configure Windows on the computers you are adding to the network so they have the correct components for home networking installed.

  2. Connect the other computers to your home network using Ethernet cable or wireless network adapters.


Note: If you're creating a wireless network for a single laptop computer, you can skip this step and continue with Step 6.



Step 6: Testing your Internet Connections
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Steps to create a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP


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.

  1. Open your Internet browser on the computer connected to your gateway.


  2. Enter http://www.verizon.com in the Address field. The Verizon home page should display. [Show Me]
  3. If you want a completely wireless network, remove the Ethernet cable (yellow in the illustration below) that connects your computer to the D-Link router.
Figure depicting the D-Link router Ethernet connection

What's Next?
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 share folders and printers.


 


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