How to Set Up a Home Wired Network
A wired LAN network offers a steadier, faster internet connection compared to its wireless counterpart. This can be especially useful for large file transfers or connecting multiple devices. Importantly, in Australia, only a registered technician is authorised to set up the wiring and sockets essential for a home wired network.
A Step-by-Step Guide
Assuming you’ve had the essential wiring and sockets professionally installed, here’s how to set up your home wired network:
- Gather Required Equipment: For your wired network, you’ll need a modem (if you don’t have one), a router, and Ethernet cables. Make sure you have enough cables to connect all desired devices.
- Connect Modem to Router: The first step in “How do I set up a home wired network?” is to link the modem to the router. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the modem to the router’s “WAN” or “Internet” port.
- Link Devices to Router: Connect each electronic device (e.g., PCs, gaming consoles, smart TVs) to the router using Ethernet cables. Each device should be connected to its own specific port on the router.
- Configure Router: After connecting all devices, the next step is to set up the router for internet access. Generally, this entails visiting the router’s web-based control panel via a browser and entering your ISP’s login details.
Once you’ve configured the router, test the connection by trying to access the internet from one of the connected devices. If successful, your wired network is operational and ready to use.
Note: Router setup procedures can vary depending on brand and model, so you might need to consult the router’s manual or contact the manufacturer for specific guidelines.
Wrapping It up.
Setting up a wired network in your home provides a robust, fast internet connection for all your gadgets. But remember, a registered technician must install the vital wiring and sockets to ensure the setup is both safe and compliant. Once that’s done, you can follow the above steps to activate your network.
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Jason Kearney is the Head Technician at SECURE A COM, with qualifications spanning NBN, ADSL, phone, and data cabling. Starting as an electrician, Jason quickly delved into the telecommunications sector, leading crucial projects like the rehabilitation of the Telstra network. With credentials in both managerial and technical aspects, he now specialises in phone line and NBN fault location and repair, serving both homes and businesses with effective and personalised telecommunications solutions