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Setting up a Gateway

Earlier in this chapter, in the “Locating Access Points” sidebar, we discussed the task of positioning your access point for optimal signal strength. The next task you face is configuring the access point to provide wireless network access to your computers and to connect to your Internet account.

Configuring a Generic Gateway

To configure any access point, you must enter a few pieces of information (Table 5.1). Luckily, although this may seem intimidating, most gateways ship with a default configuration or can pick up some settings appropriately once you've made the necessary connections. Other settings you determine when planning your network, by referring to the documentation from your ISP, or talking to a network-savvy friend or colleague.


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