Once your router is up and running, you need to configure your computers so that they can communicate with it. Chances are that your router has DHCP, so all you need to do is set each PC to acquire its IP addresses automatically and, voila, you're on the Net.
If you don't have DHCP, you have to manually assign an IP address to each client. You need to determine the DP address range used by the router by using its configuration software, and you can then pick an IP address that falls in this range for each computer on your network.
Note: If you are having problems connecting with Internet Explorer, make sure that you have it set up to use a LAN connection and that if it's configured to automatically detect settings. You can find these options under the Internet Options menu item on the Connections tab.
You can configure your clients to improve Internet performance. Some Web sites that offer tips and tools for speeding up your Internet connections include:
- www.broadbandreports.com;This site offers reviews, tips, and user forums for broadband Internet, including satellite systems.
- www. speed guide. net; This site focuses on system performance and is geared towards a technically astute audience. There are useful tips and tools available here, but, if you're a novice, be careful and make sure you understand what you are doing before you attempt any of the tweaks.
- www.Thedslzone.com; This site focuses on DSL and includes system tweaks and reviews.
-www. tweak3d. net; "Your freakin' tweakin' source" for hardware and software tweaks and reviews.
Remember to back up your system and registry often if you decide to test any of the tweaks available online.
Gaming with your WLAN
Multiplayer gaming on your WLAN between family members or against opponents via the Internet is a great way to get even more enjoyment from your game console or PC. Facing off against friends and family via your WLAN is easy to accomplish. Let's get started so that you can start playing.