When you have your Wi-Fi access point connected to your cable or DSL modem, plugged in, and turned on (as explained in “Plugging in the Hardware”), the next steps are to configure your access point and the computers in your network (sometimes not necessarily in that order).
Of course, you should follow the directions provided by the manufacturer of your access point device. In this chapter, I'll show you some good illustrative examples of how to get up and running with a Wi-Fi access point. I'll use as demonstration cases Linksys Wireless-Broadband Router, a D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G, and an Airport Extreme Base Station (all described in Chapter 12).
Most modern access points ...