This howto article will start from putting together a basic, quickly up and running then to more sophisticated traffic routing and isolating networks.

In all you need :

  • Cable internet service or telephone DSL internet.
  • Modem (Cable or DSL)
  • Router <– not neccessary if only one PC.
  • CAT5e cable for all PC’s or NAS storage required to be on a wired network.

Let’s get Started…..

Step #1:
You need to acquire internet service from one of these 3 vendors to your house:
  • If you have landline telephone service OR
  • If you have digital Cable TV  OR
  • Fibre optic service like Verizon’s FIOS

Step #2:
Once you have the service requested.  The next step is to get the  appropriate modem whether its DSL modem or Digital Cable modem.
They can be provided by your ISP (aka CableTV or Telephone services) at a monthly rental cost or you can buy it outright at retail.   Recommend to get retail / online.  Much cheaper than renting.

Step #3:
For sake of getting on the web making sure your internet service is working.   Recommend connecting your modem directly to your PC via enthernet CAT5e cable.



Basic Minimal:  Modem->PC

Basic Multi-user: Modem->Router->PC’s

Basic Wireless 4 devices: Modem->Wifi Router->PC’s

Advance Wireless >4 users: Modem->Wifi Router(1/2)->PC’s

Advance w/Security Cam:Modem->Wifi Router(1/2)->PC’s/IPCam

Advance w/Security Cam+UPS:Modem->Wifi Router(1/2)->PC’s/IPCam<-UPS

Advance Kitchen Sink: Modem->Wifi Router(1/2/3/4)->PC’s/IPCam/Media Centers/Streamers/print srvr/fax/scanner/TV/iPads/iPods/Tablets