How to Change a Wired Broadband Computer to a Wireless Broadband

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    Prepare the Network

    • 1). Purchase and setup a wireless broadband router by interfacing it with your wired computer. Choose a router that is compatible with your broadband modem and that supports the wireless network type you desire.

    • 2). Enable WPA or WPA-2 security, and change your router's default password. Give your SSID or wireless network a memorable name.

    • 3). Connect your modem to the WAN (wide area network) port on your router.

    Install an Internal Card

    • 1). Purchase a wireless network card that is compatible with the router you purchased and with your computer. For example, if you bought a 802.11 b/g router, do not purchase an 802.11 n adapter.

    • 2). Shut down your computer. Remove all cables and peripheral devices.

    • 3). Remove the left side panel while facing the front of the case. You may need to remove screws or to manipulate latches and notches. Consult your case or computer manufacturer's documentation if you are unsure of how to remove the panel.

    • 4). Clip the metal part of the anti-static wrist bracelet to a metal object, and strap on the bracelet.

    • 5). Locate an available PCI or PCI-Express slot. Unscrew the screw that secures the slot cover that corresponds with the slot, then remove the slot cover.

    • 6). Line up the wireless adapter's pins with the slot. Insert the card until it clicks into place. Do not force the card into the slot, or you may damage the card's connectors. If you feel resistance, remove the card, line up the card with the slot again, and reinsert.

    • 7). Secure the card with the slot cover screw. Reattach the side panel, and replace any screws you removed earlier.

    • 8). Reinsert all cables, and plug in all peripherals. Boot the computer.

    • 9). Allow Windows the opportunity to detect the card. It should automatically install the drivers for the card. If you have updated drivers, insert the disk and install according to on-screen instructions.

    Install an External Card

    • 1). Boot up your computer.

    • 2). Insert your external wireless adapter into the appropriate slot. For example, if you purchased a USB slot, insert it into a USB port.

    • 3). Allow Windows the opportunity to detect the card. It should automatically install the drivers for the card. If you have updated drivers, insert the disk and install according to on-screen instructions.

    Complete Setup

    • 1). Double-click the network icon in the task bar.

    • 2). Highlight your wireless network. Windows will display the name you entered when setting up your router.

    • 3). Click the "Connect" button.

    • 4). Enter and verify the security key you created when setting up the router. Click on "Connect."

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