Installing and configuring a wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router
Creating a wired home network with a FiOS connection and a Verizon MI424WR router requires five major steps:
- Verify installation
- Configure Windows for networking
- Add other computers to the network
- Testing your Internet connection
Step 1: Verifying your Verizon MI424WR router installation
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.
- Open Internet Explorer or any other browser on your computer.
Enter http://www.verizon.com into the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
If the Verizon home page does not display, refer to the Verizon MI424WR router troubleshooting tips. After you have solved the problem, repeat this test.
- If the Verizon home page does not display, refer to the Verizon MI424WR router troubleshooting tips. After you have solved the problem, repeat this test.
Step 2: Preparations for creating a wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router
Before you begin setting up your home network, be sure that you have completed each item on the checklist below.
Review the Wired Home Networking system requirements.
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.
Confirm that you have the required hardware and accessories:
- Verizon MI424WR router.
- Ethernet cable to connect your router to the FiOS wall connection.
- Ethernet cable to connect your computer to the router.
- Power adapter.
Step 3: Configuring Windows for your wired home network with a 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:
Step 4: Connecting other computers to your wired home network with a Verizon MI424WR router
Connecting additional computers to your Verizon wired home network requires four steps:
- Verifying that a Network Interface Card (NIC) is installed
- Connecting your computer to the Verizon MI424WR router
- Check the NIC connection properties
- 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
The final step is to test your Internet connection. This ensures that all the connections are secure, and the hardware configurations are working properly.
- Open an Internet browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Netscape.
Enter http://www.verizon.com in the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
- Note: If you cannot connect to the Internet, refer to the Verizon MI424WR troubleshooting tips and repeat this test.
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.