Installing and configuring a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows XP
Step 1: Verify installation
Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your Verizon router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to connect to the Internet.
Step 2: Installation 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 XP
Step 4: Configuring the Verizon router security settings
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.
Your Verizon 9100EM or 9100VM router comes with an assigned 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 WPA2 encryption on your home network. WPA2 is the newest and strongest type of encryption available on you Verizon router, but it is also incompatible with some older operating systems and wireless devices. All wireless devices connected to your wireless network must be compatible with the type of encryption you use. Review the potential WPA2 compatibility issues before setting up WPA2 encryption. WPA should be your second choice for encryption if your network is incompatible with WPA2. Although WPA doesn't provide the same level of protection as WPA2, it has stronger protection than WEP and fewer incompatibilities than WPA2.
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.
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:
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 share folders and printers.