If you bought either one of these two wireless data cards for Home purpose and fed up with either its slow speed or frequent disconnections, your best bet would be to turn back and look at the traditional Broadband service but this time with a small enhancement, a Wi-Fi connection.
Officially, Wi-Fi doesn’t have any expansion but it is seen being called as a short form for Wireless Fidelity, a term derived from High Fidelity or Hi-Fi, a audio recording term. A Wi-Fi device converts the Broadband signals from a modem and send them across as Radio signals which the Network Adaptors installed in computers in that network recognizes, there by giving you the access to Internet without a any wire.
In this situation if you bought a LinkSys wireless router, here is a quick set up that you’ll take you to the Wireless Internet world.
(I’ll be using WRH54G model, but other models like WRT54G can also be similarly configured)
WRH54G router can be purchased for Rs.1800 from any reputed computer store.
The setup can be made either by using the CD which will be given with the package or using any Web Browser.
I’m assuming you already have a compatible network card in your Laptop to receive the signals.
The package contains the Router, a cable and a CD. I’ll describe the Browser based installation as it is the simplest and the preferred one.
You router contains 4 ethernet ports and one Internet port at the back end.
Step 1: Connect the Router (Ethernet port no.4) to your Laptop using the cable that was given with the package and connect modem to the Internet port of your Router with some cable (You should have a cable that you used before for your DSL/ADSL)
Step 2: Open a Web Browser (Internet Explorer is preferred for this step) and type the address http://192.168.1.1 and hit enter.
Step 3: Directly go to Advanced setting and perform the following steps
(If a login window appears, just leave the username part and enter admin as the password and hit enter)
Go to the wireless settings tab and then click on the basic wireless settings sub-tab. Select ‘Mixed’ as your Wireless mode, change SSID from LinkSys to your name (or anything you would like your network to be nameD after), Change wireless channel to number 11, Enable Wireless SSID broadcast and then save the settings.
Step 4: Performing the Security set up
Go to Wireless security sub-tab under Wireless tab. Choose WPA personal and TKIP and then input a secret password which should be at least 8 characters in length. (If anyone wishes to use your network, they should have this password known). Save the settings.
Your Router is setup and you can now remove the cable connecting your laptop and router. Make sure you change the cable from your Modem from Ethernet port 4 to the Internet port of the Router in this step.
If you have faced any sort of problems like frequent disconnections etc, feel free to write a comment below. There are some other tweaks that you could perform to stabilize your connection.