Setting up Your Wireless Router

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Your wireless router allows you to connect several computers to a single network without the need for an Ethernet cable connection. It also allows for mobile connections within the signal range.

Step 1
Installed HughesNet Satellite Internet - if you haven't had you're your system installed give us a call at 866 347 3292.

Step 2
Unpack your wireless router - we recommend the Cisco E1200 - and place it next to your HughesNet modem. Plug the router power cord into the power outlet. Take the Ethernet cable and plug one end into the LAN (Local Area Network) port of your HughesNet modem and plug the other end into the Internet or WAN - Wide Area Network - port of your router. The router is now your Wireless Access Point (WAP). You'll notice reference to your WAP encryption code in the router manual. Your computer should automatically detect the new router and automatically establish a connection.

Step 3
Install any software that came with the router or your computer for wireless connections. You should now have a wireless router network connection.

Step 4
Verify the connection by looking for the router network icon at the bottom of your computer screen. Other wireless-enabled devices should successfully pick up the wireless signal, but the signal strength may vary depending on each device location. For example, if there are obstructions between the device and the router, the signal may be reduced. Once the wireless router is configured correctly, you can remove the Ethernet cable from your computer that goes directly to the router.

Tips: Most newer computers are equipped for wireless service. If not, you will have to install a wireless card or other device. Signal strength for a wireless network can vary depending on where you place the wireless router. Make sure there is nothing blocking the signal from other computers that will be sharing the wireless signal.
Warning: Wireless networks can be vulnerable to outside users, please make sure you protect your network with a password.
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Sara for Hughes

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JacksonTech

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This is the sort of thing private messages would be good for...

Step 2: My router must be lousy. It doesn't have a WAP encryption code. It does, however, have an IP address, default SSID, default admin username, and default admin password.

Step 2.5 (?) Configuration magic happens here? The user should change the network SSID (network name) and configure wireless security. WPA2 if possible, WPA AES if not, WPA TKIP if not AES, and WEP if there's absolutely no choice. If the user wants to access the System Control Center, they also have to verify that the router is not using 192.168.0.1 as its IPv4 address.

Step 4: mentions disconnecting an Ethernet cable between the LAN port of a computer and a LAN port on the router, but the guide doesn't mention connecting it anywhere. Also, if the user has a desktop with no wireless interface, the cable needs to stay.

Step 5: How does the user connect additional wired computers?

Just a few suggestions!
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Thanks JacksonTech! :) suz