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Connect - Apr 29, 2016

How-To: Set Up Your Wireless Network

Get your home Wi-Fi working in minutes with this helpful guide

Wi-Fi has become one of those things that’s simply there for us to use whenever we want it. But if you’ve just moved or switched providers, it won’t be there to use until you’ve set it up. And if you’ve never set it up, you might be wondering just how that’s done. We’ll walk you through the process – it won’t take more than a few minutes. Just follow the steps below.

1. Get Wired Up

Funnily enough, your wireless internet experience actually begins with wires. Start by connecting your modem to a power outlet with the power cord, then use an Ethernet cable – the one with the clear rectangular connector at both ends – to connect the modem to your computer. Don’t worry; this second connection is temporary.

2. Log In to Your Modem

Now it’s time to jump into your modem’s firmware. Open up a Web browser on the computer to which you just connected your modem, type into the address bar and hit enter. A login screen will pop up. Enter cusadmin as the username and password as the password. You now have access to your modem’s mind.

3. Name Your Network(s)

On your modem’s homepage, click Wireless in the top menu bar. Now you should be on a page with two tabs, one for your 2.4G network and another for your 5G network. We’ll start with the 2.4G tab, which is what you’ll start off on by default. Under Basic Settings, ensure that 802.11 g/n mixed is selected in the Wireless Mode dropdown menu and that the Wireless Channel is set to Auto. Now shift your attention to the column of boxes on the right side of the page under Multiple SSID Settings. In the field beside Network Name (SSID), type in a name for your network. Click Save Changes. Now switch to the 5G tab and repeat the same steps to name your 5G network, only this time make sure that 802.11 a/n mixed is selected in the Wireless dropdown menu. Don’t forget to click Save Changes again.

4. Set Up Security

We’re getting close. But before you start using your network, you need to secure it. Click the WPS & Security tab. Under Security Settings, check to make sure the Security mode is set to WPA/WPA2 and that Encrypt Mode is set to AES on both of your networks. Again, they’re probably already properly configured; we’re just checking to make sure. Now in the Pass Phrase boxes for each network, enter a password that you’ll remember. They can be the same for both, but make them sufficiently complex that your friends and neighbours are unlikely to guess them (which is to say, don’t make your password the name of your dog or cat, for instance). Click Save Changes.

5. Test Your New Networks

You’re almost done. Feel free to disconnect your modem from your PC. All you have to do now is make sure everything works. Using a computer or mobile device, search for the networks you just created, enter your new passwords and connect. Hop into your email or start surfing the Web to verify that you’re online. Congratulations on setting up your home Wi-Fi. If you need more help on this or any other networking issues, head over to Rogers support website.