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Installing and configuring a wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router  
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Steps to Create a Wired Network with a FiOS Connection and Verizon MI424WR router


Creating a wired home network with a FiOS connection and a Verizon MI424WR router requires five major steps:

  1. Verify installation


  2. Preparations


  3. Configure Windows for networking


  4. Add other computers to the network


  5. Testing your Internet connection



Step 1: Verifying your Verizon MI424WR router installation
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Steps to Create a Wired Network with a FiOS Connection and Verizon MI424WR router


Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your Verizon MI424WR router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to connect to the Internet.

  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.
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Step 2: Preparations for creating a wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router
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Steps to Create a Wired Network with a FiOS Connection and Verizon MI424WR router


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


Figure depicting a check box Review the Wired Home Networking system requirements.

Figure depicting a check box Use Windows Device Manager to verify that you have a Network Interface Card (NIC) installed in each computer you are adding to your home network.

Figure depicting a check box Confirm that you have the required hardware and accessories:





Step 3: Configuring Windows for your wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router
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Steps to Create a Wired Network with a FiOS Connection and Verizon MI424WR router


Before you can connect a computer to your home network, you must configure Windows to automatically obtain an IP address for your router.


The instructions and illustrations below use Windows XP. Although you can set up a 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 or Vista. Windows XP and Vista were designed with features and installation wizards specifically for networking.

To configure your NIC connection in Windows XP:

  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Right click My Network Places and select Properties.
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  3. Right click the network connection for your Network Interface Card (NIC) and select Properties. [Show Me]


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  1. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties. [Show Me]


  2. Select Obtain an IP address automatically if it isn't already checked.
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  3. Click OK.


  4. Click OK again.
Running the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard is not required for a wired home network, but it provides a method to identify your computer on the network. This will make it much easier when you begin sharing folders and files over your home network.

  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Click All Programs
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  1. Click Accessories


    Figure depicting menus to access the Network Setup Wizard


  2. Click Communications


  3. Select Network Setup Wizard


  4. Select Next when the Welcome to the Network Setup Wizard displays.
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  5. Review the preparation steps and select Next. Please disregard the note to install the network adapters and turn on all peripherals. That will be done in a later step.
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  6. If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next.
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  7. Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.

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  8. Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next.
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  9. Enter a description for the computer you are connecting to the network in the Computer description field. 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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  10. Enter a name for this computer in the Computer name field. The name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.

    1. Note: Because this is the name that will display in My Network Places to identify this computer, you may want to give it a descriptive name like "office_desktop" or "Michelles_laptop."


  11. Enter your home network's workgroup name in the Workgroup name field. You must enter the same workgroup name for each computer on your network, so be sure to enter the same workgroup name that you did when setting up the first computer connected to your gateway.

    Figure depicting the Workgroup field


  12. Click Next.


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


  14. Click Just finish the wizard; I don't need to run the wizard on other computers and then click Next.
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  15. Click Finish.
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  16. If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
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Step 4: Connecting other computers to your wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router
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Steps to Create a Wired Network with a FiOS Connection and Verizon MI424WR router


Connecting additional computers to your Verizon wired home network requires four steps:


  1. Verifying that a Network Interface Card (NIC) is installed


  2. Connecting your computer to the Verizon MI424WR router


  3. Check the NIC connection properties


  4. Identifying the new computer on your network


If you're not connecting additional computers at this time, you can skip to Step 5.  



Step 5: Testing the Internet connections
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Steps to Create a Wired Network with a FiOS Connection and Verizon MI424WR router


The final step is to test your Internet connection. This ensures that all the connections are secure, and the hardware configurations are working properly.


  1. Open an Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Netscape.


  2. Enter http://www.verizon.com in the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
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What's Next?

You have successfully installed your wired 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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