How to Set Up My Dell Computer for Wireless Internet

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Setting up a Dell computer for wireless Internet is a multi-step process that will likely confuse anyone who is \not technically in tune with computers, or who simply has not set up a wireless network on a computer before. Yet even if you fall into one of these categories, you can set up wireless Internet on your Dell with just a network cable, a wireless router and some manipulation of your current high-speed modem.

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Things you need

  • High-speed modem
  • Network cable
  • Wireless router

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  1. 1

    Make sure your Dell computer is not connected to the Internet as you begin. To do this, simply unplug the existing modem from the wall.

  2. 2

    Plug your wireless router into your high-speed modem. Different routers will vary slightly, but all will basically plug into your modem in the same fashion. To make this connection, utilize the network cable that normally runs from the back of your Dell to the modem, and instead reroute this cable so that it plugs into the back of the wireless router in the port named either WAN, WLAN or Internet.

  3. 3

    Turn on the cable modem and give it a minute or two to fully turn on and initialize. Plug the wireless router network cable into the wireless router using any port on its back that is not the WAN, WLAN or Internet port from before. This will establish an Internet connection, but it is one that will be used only temporarily.

  4. 4

    Launch a web browser on your Dell and navigate to the website suggested in the router's manual. A password may be required to access this site, but this password will be found alongside the URL within the wireless router documentation.

  5. 5

    Choose an SSID and configure it. The SSID is simply a name for the wireless network you are creating, and is a name of your choosing that will allow you to identify your personal wireless network in the future. You may also select a level of security encryption to password-protect your wireless network. This password is also up to your own preference. Click "Apply" to save all of these changes.

  6. 6

    Sever the temporary Internet connection you established to access the wireless router SSID setup page. To do so, disconnect the network cable from your Dell computer. With this disconnected from the computer, you will now be able to use your newly created wireless connection. Right-click the network icon at the bottom right of the Windows desktop toolbar; a submenu will come up. Select "View Available Wireless Networks." Once you do so, all of the wireless networks in your area that can be sensed by your wireless card will appear. Select the name of the wireless network you just created.

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