Hughes Network Systems sells high-speed Internet access over satellite. Each subscriber receives a HughesNet satellite modem; the modem bridges network packets between the subscriber’s local (personal or business) network and HughesNet’s connection to the Internet. Satellite modems do not have Wi-Fi capabilities. You can, however, configure your Netgear wireless router to provide a wireless network on top of the wired Internet connection provided by HughesNet.
Things You’ll Need
- Two Ethernet cables
Follow These Steps
- Turn on the Netgear router. Connect an Ethernet cable to its “WAN” port; connect the other end of the cable to the satellite modem.
- Connect the computer to any of the numbered ports on the back of the Netgear router, using the other Ethernet cable.
- Launch a Web browser on the computer and navigate to the configuration menus for the router. The Web address depends on the router’s model. For example, for a Netgear WPN824, the address is “192.168.1.1”.
- Configure the basic characteristics of the wireless network. For example, for a WPN824, click “Wireless Settings.” Enter a name of your choice for the wireless network into the “SSID” field. Select the region of the world where you are using the pull-down menu next to “Region,” then select “g and b” from the “Mode” pull-down menu. Click “Apply.” At that point, the Netgear router will be ready to provide a wireless network on the HughesNet connection.