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Creating a wireless network in Windows Vista using the Verizon 9100EM router  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


You can use Verizon In-Home Agent to automatically configure your wireless home network settings.

If you prefer to set up your wireless home network yourself, you will discover that Vista is much easier than previous versions of Windows because the setup wizard handles much of the work for you.

Creating a wireless home network in Windows Vista requires 6 steps:

 

  1. Verify your gateway installation and Internet connection


  2. Installation preparations


  3. Install the ZyXEL USB wireless adapter


  4. Configure your network


  5. Add other computers to your wireless network


  6. Test your network
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Step 1: Verify your gateway installation and Internet connection  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


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


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





Step 2: Installation Preparations  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


Before you begin setting up your wireless network, be sure that you have completed each item on the checklist below.

Figure depicting a checkboxReview the wireless networking system requirements.

Figure depicting a checkboxReview the factors to consider before installing your wireless network.

Figure depicting a checkboxVerify you have a wireless ZyXEL wireless adapter for each computer you are connecting to your network.

  • Many newer computers have wireless network adapters installed when you purchase them. You can use Device Manager if you're unsure whether you have a wireless adapter installed. If you have a wireless adapter installed, you can skip to Step 4.



Step 3: Installing the ZyXEL USB wireless adapter  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


The ZyXEL wireless USB adapter is needed to send and receive the radio waves that are used to communicate over your wireless network.

  1. Remove the "cap" of the ZyXEL adapter to expose the USB connector. The cap is the portion with "ZyXEL" on it.
    ZyXEL G220 wireless adapter
     
  2. Plug the ZyXEL USB connector into an available USB port on your computer. You should see a message in the bottom right corner of your monitor informing you that new hardware has been found and that drivers are being installed. An additional message will display when the driver installation has completed.

    Device Driver Software Installed Successfully
     
    • Note: It isn't necessary to install the ZyXEL software when using Windows Vista. The security settings that could be setusing the ZyXEL software will be entered in the Vista setup wizard.



Step 4: Configuring your Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


The Vista "Set up a wireless router or access point" wizard will do most of the work to configure your Verizon 9100EM wireless network. The wizard will open your Verizon 9100EM configuration utility so you can enter two critical pieces of information, and then it will do the rest.

The first critical piece of information is a name for your network. This is called your network's SSID (Service Set Identifier) and can be any combination of numbers and letters that you choose, as long as it doesn't exceed 32 characters. All devices connected to your network must use the same SSID.

The second piece of critical information is a network encryption key. The encryption key helps to keep your network data secure by encrypting the data before it is sent wirelessly between computers on your network. You must use the same type of encryption (WEP, WPA2 or WPA) and enter the same encryption key for all devices connected to your network.

To configure your wireless network:



The configuration utility for your Verizon 9100EM will open automatically.


  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Select Control Panel. [Show Me]


  3. Click Network and Internet in Control Panel. [Show Me]


  4. Click Network and Sharing. [Show Me]


  5. Click Set up a connection or network in the left navigation panel.


    Set up a connection or network


  6. Select Set up a wireless router or access point and click Next.
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  7. Click Next when the "Set up a home or small business network window" displays.


  8. Click Configure this device manually.

    Configure Manually


  9. If prompted, enter your router's user name and password. [Show Me]
    Note: If you didn't change the default password when you set up your router, it may have been changed to your router's serial number to provide greater security. You can find your router's serial number on a label affixed to the bottom or back of your router.
    Note: If you don't remember your router user name and password, you must reset your Verizon 9100EM  to the factory default settings. After you have reset your router to the factory defaults, close the page that provided the directions to return to this step.
    The configuration utility for your Verizon 9100EM will open automatically.


  10. Click the Wireless Settings icon at the top of the screen.

    Wireless Settings


  11. Click Basic Security Settings in the left navigation panel.

    SSID Field


  12. Confirm that On is selected in the Wireless field to turn on the wireless features of your router.
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  13. If you're creating a new home network, it's recommended that you use the default SSID assigned by Westell and displayed in the SSID field. This simplifies network installation and makes troubleshooting easier. Since each router has its own assigned SSID, there isn't a loss of security by keeping the default value.
    • The default SSID is displayed on the label attached to the bottom of your router for easy reference.
    • All hardware attached to your home network must be assigned the same SSID.

    If you're replacing the router on an established home network, you may want to change the default SSID to that of your previous network. This eliminates the need to change the SSID on all the wireless network adapters used to connect additional computers.

    • If you change the SSID, it's important that you write it down for future reference. All hardware connected to your home network must use the same SSID.


  14. Do not change the setting in the Channel field.


  15. If you're creating a new home network, it's recommended that you use the default WEP 64/40 bit encryption assigned by Westell and displayed in the Key Code field. This simplifies network installation and makes troubleshooting easier.
    1. The default WEP encryption key is displayed on the label attached to the bottom of your router for easy reference.
    2. All hardware attached to your home network must use the same WEP key.

    Figure depicting Key Code field

  16. If you're replacing the router on an established home network , you may want to change the default WEP key to that of your previous network. This eliminates the need to change the WEP key on all the wireless network adapters used to connect additional computers.

  17. If you change the WEP key, it's important that you write it down for future reference. All hardware connected to your home network must use the same WEP key.


  18. Review your wireless security settings in the "Current Wireless Status" section. If they are correct, write them down for future reference. [Show Me]


  19. Click Apply.


    Note: For increased security, it is recommended that you change your SSID and WEP encryption key every few months.



Step 5: Connecting an additional computer to your Verizon 9100EM wireless network  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


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.


Connecting additional computers to your Verizon 9100EM wireless network requires 3 steps:
  1. Determine if your computer has a wireless network adapter installed.
     
  2. Install and configure the ZyXEL wireless USB adapter, if your computer doesn't already have one installed.
     
  3. Connect to your wireless network.



Step 6: Testing your network  
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Creating a Verizon 9100EM wireless network in Windows Vista


The final step is to confirm that all your network computers and devices are connected and working properly.


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  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Click Network. An icon should display for the computer where you're running the test and all the other computers connected to the network (assuming all the computers are turned on and running).

    Network window
    1. If an icon for your current computer isn't displayed
      1. Click Network and Sharing Center in the toolbar. [Show Me]
      2. Click Diagnose and Repair in the left navigation panel and follow the prompts. [Show Me]
    2. If an icon for another computer on your network isn't displayed
      1. Go to the computer that isn't displayed and click Start in the left Taskbar.
      2. Click Network. [Show Me]
      3. Click Network and Sharing Center in the toolbar. [Show Me]
      4. Click Diagnose and Repair in the left navigation panel and follow the prompts. [Show Me]


      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 .


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