Step 1: Verifying your D-Link router installation
Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your D-Link router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to verify you can connect to the Internet.
- Open Internet Explorer or any other browser on your computer.
Enter http://verizon.com into the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
- If the Verizon home page does not display, refer to the D-Link router troubleshooting tips. After you have solved the problem, repeat this test.
Step 2: Preparations for creating a D-Link wired home network
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.
Verify that you have a Network Interface Card (NIC) for each computer you are adding to your home network.
Confirm you have the following required hardware and accessories:
- D-Link DI-604 or DI-624 router.
- Power adapter.
- Cat 5 Ethernet cable to connect each computer to your Actiontec router.
Step 3: Configuring Windows for your D-Link wired home network
Before you can connect a computer to your home network, you must configure Windows to automatically obtain an IP address for the D-Link 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 or gateway is running Windows XP. Windows XP was designed with features and installation wizards specifically for networking.
To configure your NIC connection in Windows XP:
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.
Step 4: Adding other computers to your wired D-Link home network
Adding computers to your D-Link wired home network requires four steps:
- Verify that a Network Interface Card (NIC) is installed
- Connect the computer to the D-Link router
- Check the NIC connection properties
- Identifying the new computer on your network
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 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 D-Link Hardware Troubleshooting Checklist and repeat this test.
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