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This video explains the process required to connect your other devices, such as smartphones, printers and tablets, to your home network.
A home network is a set of computers connected to each other and usually the internet too. It's a great way to share an internet connection and a secure and easy way to transfer files and create backups of all of your data. Your modem router, usually supplied by your internet service provider, forms the controlling hub of the network.
Once the modem router is plugged in to your home's internet connection and switched on, your network is ready to go. All you need to do is add computers and other devices to it. Why ad more devices? Well, you can share your internet connection so more than one person can be online at one time, and you can exchange files between devices without those devices being physically connected to each other.
Now, by "devices", we mean any piece of technology that can exchange information with another. That information could be a photo, a webpage, some music or a plain old Word document. Your smartphone, a tablet like the iPad, a printer, even some cameras and televisions are all devices. Now there are a couple of different ways to connect a device to the network.
A wired connection is the most straightforward. You plug one end of the cable into the router and the other end into the network port on the device. The device detects the network automatically. It's that easy. Wireless connections are a little bit trickier but worth the extra effort. With a wireless network, you're free to use your devices anywhere in the house because they're not attached to your router with a cable.
Now, your router has information printed on the bottom. This includes the name of your wireless network and, most importantly, the network password. Your wireless device will automatically see your wireless network as well as all the other networks within range. Choose your network name from the list and select "join". Some routers have a special "join" button that's easier to use than typing a password. Choose the network name on your device and tap "join". A message will appear asking you to press the button on your router. Press the button now. The device will then ask the router for permission to join the network.
That's it. If you're using Windows, a window might appear asking what type of network you're joining. The choices are home, work and public. By choosing "home", windows automatically sets the right level of access and security. To add devices like printers or cameras, you should refer to their instruction manuals. Follow the steps, and you'll have your gadget connected in no time at all.