I want to set up a wireless network that covers my home and detached garage, which is 500 feet away. How can I reach this large area securely?
Start by shopping for a wireless router, a box that connects to your Internet cable or DSL modem and allows you to access the Internet without using a cable or wire. Look for a router with a range of around 1,000 feet, which will be sure to cover your house as well as the 500 feet out to the garage.
Once you’ve bought a wireless router, follow the instructions that came with it and plug it in to your cable or DSL modem. Then, enter the IP address provided by the manufacturer into your Web browser. (At this point, you’ll be connected to the Internet through your modem.) The IP address is a series of numbers separated by periods (e.g., 126.96.36.199).
The IP address will direct you to a Web page where you can adjust your wireless Internet settings. You’ll be given the option of choosing Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). Both are encryption standards that scramble the data transmitted over the wireless connection, but WPA is more secure for home users.
Once you select WPA, change the default network name and password that were automatically generated when you set up the router. Your network name can be something easily recognizable, such as “Smith Family Network,” and your password should be unique and memorable to everyone who’s using the router. (Keep in mind, though, you’ll be able to store the password on your computer once you’ve entered it the first time.)Now your connection will be secure and protected. If you experience any interference or loss of strength in the connection and you’re concerned about security, you can run such a tool as Wi-Spy. It’ll let you see where the interference is taking place, then you can move your router to a spot that allows a more direct path to your laptop or desktop computer. And if your connection ever goes down? Check the modem: It’s most likely a problem with the main signal.
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