Installing and configuring a wireless home network using a D-Link router
Creating a D-Link DI-624 wireless home network in Windows XP requires six steps:
Step 1: Verify installation
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.
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 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.
Step 4: Configuring the wireless security settings on your D-Link 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 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
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 Connections
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.