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Need to get a new network up and running quickly? Follow our step-by-step guide.

A computer network is an essential element of modern business, and it's increasingly indispensible in the home, too. A network lets your computer connect to the Web so that you can check e-mail, update a website, or teleconference. It also lets you communicate locally with other computers on the same local network. Creating a network is simple—all that's needed is to connect a computer to a router with an Ethernet cable. That's a very rudimentary setup, however. You'll need other components if you want to add multiple computers to your network, share files, stream multimedia, share a printer, or control which computers can access data on the network. And complexity increases if you decide that some links in your network will be made wirelessly. Fortunately, we're here to assist. We've gathered together a list of all gear you'll need to quickly and easily set up a home or small home-office network, and some key hints for getting it all to work together.

Choose a Wireless Router
You can't have a home or small office network without a router. And for almost every network you're likely to build these days, that means a combination of wired and wireless connections. A wireless router can provide both.

The router acts as a bridge between your home network (your local area network or LAN) and the Internet (the wide area network or WAN), and also allows all computers connected to it to share the connection. Your router also typically acts as your network's DHCP server, enabling each device that you connect to have an individual and private IP address. This is vital if you need the devices on the network to communicate with each other. Wireless routers also have embedded firewalls to protect a network from threats and intrusion. Use WPA or WPA2 security for protecting your Wi-Fi network, and never leave the router's administrator password at its default setting.

Routers are known for being notoriously complicated to set up, but units such as the $149 Cisco Valet Plus come bundled with special software that makes creating a network super simple. The one limitation with the Valet Plus is that it only operates on the 2.4-GHz band. If you plan to add a storage device, multimedia server, or your own Web server, you'll want a router that supports the 5-GHz band and that has Gigabit Ethernet ports for speedy wired connections.

Netgear NETGEAR GS105NA 5-Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch | Lifetime Next Business Day Replacement | Sturdy Metal | Desktop | Plug-and-Play | Unmanaged
CE (Netgear)
  • Plug-and-play, simple set up with no software or configuration needed
  • Connectivity to your router or modem for additional wired connections (laptop, gaming console, printer, etc)
  • Small, sturdy desktop metal case and fanless quiet operation
  • Per port LEDs for port activity and speed
  • 5 auto-sensing 10/100/1 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports with up to 10Gb non-blocking switching
  • LIFETIME Warranty, Next Business Day replacement and 24/7 chat with a NETGEAR expert
  • 5 Ports
  • 10/100/1 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
  • Up to 2 Mbps in Full-Duplex Mode
  • Autosensing MDI/MDI-X Ports
Sabrent Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs (HB-UM43)
Personal Computer (Sabrent)
  • 4 Ports (output); 1 Port (input)
  • Blue LED indicates power status for each port
  • Supports transfer speeds up to  5Gbps (USB 3.0), 480Mbps (USB 2.0), 12Mbps (USB 1.1)
  • Reverse Compatible USB 2.0 and USB 1.1
  • Easy to setup: Plug & Play and Hot Swappable
Netgear Inc NETGEAR Orbi Home WiFi System. Up to 5000sqft AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi (RBK50) By NETGEAR [WiFi Router & Satellite]
Personal Computer (Netgear Inc)
  • Covers up to 5 square feet with high performance WiFi. Get rid of WiFi boosters or extenders; this kit includes an Orbi WiFi Router and Satellite.
  • Innovative Tri-band WiFi helps maximize the Internet speeds available in your home.
  • Single WiFi network name provides seamless room-to-room roaming throughout your home.
  • Easy setup with a single and secure WiFi network that works with your existing Internet service.
  • Guest WiFi network-easily setup separate and secure Internet access for guests.
  • Use the Orbi app or any web browser to create secure whole home WiFi in minutes. No accounts to create or personal information needed to setup.
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa - Control your home network using voice commands.
  • Orbi gives you the most bang for your buck, with impressive throughput speeds, Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) simultaneous data streaming...
  • Orbi App Now Available for iOS and Android
  • Also great for small businesses

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