Get WiFi Connection at Home – How To


We often get asked ‘How to get WiFi connection at home?’

Nowadays most people have Wi-Fi at home or work, which is a great way to connect laptops and PCs to the web without using cables. The only problem with Wi-Fi is that sometimes it doesn’t always work properly depending on factors such as location and router setup.

To get a WiFi connection, you will first need to register with an ISP.

How to get an internet connection at home?

To get an internet connection at home you will first need to subscribe to an Internet Service Provider like Telstra. Then either they or a specialist third-party installer will come round and connect your house to the mainline coming from the ISP. It used to be the case that all connections were analog and fixed, however, most ISPs now offer NBN. This means you can get an internet connection at home even if your house uses an analog landline. Most ISPs also offer both standard wired broadband and wireless broadband so it’s up to you which you’d prefer.

2. If there is already an active telephone socket in your room and you have a router this should remain plugged in there unless it’s causing problems with other sockets in the house – if so move it somewhere else! Less commonly but still available on the market are USB internet connections which work by plugging in a USB stick into your computer.

3. Get hold of the modem/router that you bought to use with your ISP when setting up wired broadband, this will allow you to connect your wired devices easily and safely to the internet through one centralized connection point. Connecting it is pretty simple – just plug in an ethernet cable from an open port on the modem/router to the back of a PC or laptop and then connect another ethernet cable from a live port on the modem/router to the wall socket.

4. Turn on your router using its power button, check any wiring if there is a problem and then once it has booted wait for about 30 seconds for it to establish an internet connection (it usually does this automatically). Once the internet symbol appears on the screen of your PC or laptop, you will be able to browse the web.

5. If you’d like to use wireless broadband instead of wire, then simply connect your modem/router directly into a power source and click on its WLAN (wireless) button. This will allow you to access the device’s network settings where you can select a wireless network using either automatic settings or customized configuration depending on what your ISP has set your router up with. Once configured correctly you should now have full access to all your devices wirelessly across your home network.

6. You may also want to consider investing in a USB wireless adapter if you’d like to use your laptop or tablet on the go, but don’t want the inconvenience of worrying about flaky access point connections. This way you can simply plug your USB Wi-Fi dongle into any available PCMCIA (PC Card) slot (found in laptops), ExpressCard (this is becoming outdated as it’s not backwards compatible for older machines) or PCI slots to share an internet connection with multiple devices without having to hook up your modem/router first.

What if you want to get WiFi at home but don’t want to subscribe to an ISP?

If you don’t wish to subscribe to an ISP but want to get active WiFi at home, then there are a couple of other options for you.

Mobile Broadband Device

you will need to purchase a mobile broadband device. These devices are essentially just modems with built-in WiFi. The best part about these devices is that even if you already have a Wi-Fi modem/router, you can still hook up your wireless Internet connection to the mobile broadband device which will then broadcast itself as an access point for additional devices to connect through.

This also means that internet sharing becomes very easy since most ISP’s give out one IP address per user you might want to connect more than one PC or game system simultaneously without having to share ports on your router, install extra software like Hamachi or even use DynDNS services like NoIP.

You turn your cell phone into a WiFi hotspot!

Another downside of many standard USB based modems is that they have a single USB port. With many laptops being sold without an integrated modem port this could limit your ability to connect external devices, the 3G HSUPA Mobile Broadband Device has a standard female USB port allowing you use of any standard USB cable to give you access to additional ports for storage, printers or even another data card!

On the other hand, if software is more your thing there are full Linux systems available which can turn virtually any device capable of running a full OS into a WiFi hotspot with ease!

Needless to say, what you choose will depend on whether you actually need reliable Internet sharing capabilities and how much money you want to spend. If free Internet sharing is all you care about then it may be cheaper to go with an older wireless router that you don’t use anymore; otherwise either the mobile broadband device or a Linux system should serve you just fine – especially if your needs are particularly demanding!

How to get WiFi connection at home?

Lots of people struggle to get their wifi connection up and running, especially when they live in rented accommodation. This guide will show you how to get your router set up properly so that everyone can get WiFi connection at home!

1) Firstly, you should buy a WiFi adaptor to hook up to your computer. The cheapest/most convenient type is USB (which connects straight into your laptop like a pen drive). They come in all sorts of brands (Netgear, Belkin, etc.) Make sure yours has an external aerial though otherwise, it won’t be able to pick up signals well.


2) Plug in the adaptor via USB into your laptop/PC. If you have a wireless card built into your laptop then it’ll automatically detect that there is an available space, click on “Network” at the bottom right of your screen and choose “Wireless”.

3) It’ll scan for all available WiFi signals within range. You should see lots of networks on there, some locked (meaning you can’t use them because they are secured with WEP or WPA keys). Try to find one which is open so that anyone can connect to it without having to type in any passwords. Look for the icon below – meaning an unsecured connection:

4) Right-click on the wireless network and choose ‘properties’ from the list.

5) Go to where it says ‘connect using’ and choose “Wireless”. Ignore anything that asks if you want to use a WEP key or WPA key – these are security measures that mean other people can’t steal your signal, but if you have a good router they aren’t going to be able to get onto your network because the keys make it too complicated.

6) Enter any passwords if necessary and click save! You may need to reboot before the connection will work though. Some routers need their wire switched on before they receive a connection from your laptop, so after rebooting wirelessly switch on your router from its main console – look at your instruction manual for how to do this.

When trying to get on the net, keep in mind some internet providers use broadband routers so they can work wirelessly, others don’t. If you want to use your wireless connection but it’s not working, try asking your internet provider what type of router they have supplied and if there is a password for it – this will save you time trying to find yourself.

Additional Tips

1. It’s usually 2.4GHz, 5GHz or dual band – if you’re not sure then just ask someone at your internet provider or look on the side of the box that your router came in.

2. Find a channel for your network to use which is clear from other networks nearby. To do this go to an area where you have no signal bars, click settings and select “associate.” You should now be seeing all the devices around you which are currently set up as Wi-Fi connections. Look through all the different names until you find ones with passwords e.g. “alex_home” – these are most likely routers nearby so try changing their channel. In the case of alex_home you should change it to channel 1 or 11, this will be enough distance from other networks.

3. The frequency range your router uses may limit how far away your can get while still getting a signal. This is because routers use waves and the further the wave has to travel the weaker it becomes, a weak signal means connection problems. You should find that 2.4GHz isn’t as good for streaming or downloading big files so consider changing to 5GHz – this is much faster than 2.4GHz however there are fewer channels so if you live close to many others using 5GHz you might not get very good coverage so try experimenting with both.

5GHz is better for streaming or downloading big files

4. If you are using an older computer or laptop that doesn’t have the best wifi connection you could try plugging it into the router with an ethernet cable. This often solves many problems as it can send data much faster than wireless so if your internet connection can go close to reaching maximum speed this is probably what you need. Obviously, there’s no point doing this if you prefer wireless though!

If you still can’t get WiFi connection at home, get in touch with one of our network experts.

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...