Home Networking The Wireless Way

Want to share a fast Internet connection among several computers? Here's a step-by-step guide for setting up your own secure network


Start with your computers. Every PC, laptop and Apple computer in your house will need a wireless antenna, which comes in the form of a slim card, or adapter, that either slides into a slot or plugs into a USB port. There are a number of these cards for PCs. For a Mac, you'll need what's called an Airport card, which comes built in on newer models.

The heart of your network will be a wireless router--a box with an antenna that shuttles signals between each of your computers and the network. Choose one that has...

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