Over the years, technology has helped enhance the lives of innumerable people. Much of the credit can be given to the advancement of the Internet. In order to fully advantage from the Internet, it is absolutely vital to obtain a good wireless router, which will give you the ability to access the World Wide Web from anywhere in your home. Of course, the make and model of your router may not be as important as the setup. Setting up your router properly is essential to its performance. Within this comprehensive guide, you will learn everything you need to know about setting up your router, so you can receive the maximum speed and range.
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Knowing What Is Needed
Before attempting to invest in a wireless router, you should ensure that you have everything that is required to setup a wireless network in your home. Although the majority of households will be able to meet these necessities, it is still a good idea to take them into mind, before moving forward. Below, you will find a list of items needed to establish your own home wireless network.
- A computer or Mac, which has a wireless network adapter
- A computer or Mac with a wired network adapter
- Ethernet cable
- Your wireless router
Generally, the Ethernet cable will be included with the router and most modern computers are equipped with wireless and wired network adapters.
First and foremost, you will need to begin by unpacking your router. At this point, it is a good idea to go ahead and familiarize yourself with the router and all of its connection ports. By flipping the router around, you will be able to find a handful of LAN ports and usually a singular WAN port. You will also find a power cable input. Go ahead and plug the router into a power source. Also, grab an Ethernet cable, which is generally included, and use it to connect your computer’s wired network adapter to your router’s LAN port. Now, the physical installation procedure has pretty much concluded.
Access The Configuration Page
Next, you will need to access your router’s configuration page. Open your computer’s web browser and type in the associated IP. This should be found within the router’s manual, but it is generally 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1. You can also check what your router default IP address is by following the steps explained in this article.
Once you’ve directed your browser towards this page, you will be presented with a login screen. The login credentials will be the default parameters, which were pre-programmed into the router. Refer to your router’s instruction manual to find the particulars for your specific router.
Configuring The Network
Once you’ve managed to successfully login to the configuration screen, you will want to begin setting up the router. Generally, there will be a basic setup menu, which will guide you through the entire process. First, you will be required to give a name to your wireless network. Although this isn’t one of the most integral aspects of the process, you should make sure that the network’s name is original and easily memorable to you, your family members and anyone else, who will be using the network.
Next, you will need to select an encryption type. Although it will generally vary from router to router, you will usually have three options to choose from. Most will be able to choose from WPA, WPA2 and WEP. At this point in time, it is generally best to utilize the WPA2 encryption. WEP is somewhat insecure and should be avoided, at all costs. Once this parameter has been confirmed, you will be prompted to select a security passphrase or password. This is truly the most important part of the process. The password should be immensely difficult to guess. Writing it down and storing it away in a secure location is recommended.
Finally, you should take the time to change the default administrator password for the router. This is the password, which you originally utilized to access the configuration page. Changing it will make your network much more secure and will prevent devious minds from manipulating your router’s settings. Again, jotting down this password and storing it in a concealed location is highly recommended.
Using With A Broadband Modem
Although some consumers will opt for a router, which doubles as a modem, some will decide to utilize a broadband modem and a router. If you fall into the latter category, you will need to proceed through a few additional steps, in order to get your wireless network up and running. Below, you will find the steps to follow, in order to connect your modem to your router.
- Unpack and plug up the modem’s power cable to an electrical outlet
- Connect the modem to the wall jack
- Use an Ethernet cable to plug the modem into the router’s WAN port
- Plug in the router’s electrical cable into another outlet
If you wish to connect the router directly to a computer, you will want to do so by connecting an Ethernet cable from the router’s LAN port to your computer’s networking port. Alternatively, this can be done wirelessly.
Connecting Other Computers
One of the most notable benefits associated with a wireless network is the fact that it’ll give many computers access to the Internet simultaneously. Once your wireless network is up and running efficiently, you will want to begin connecting other computers to the network. The process is truly uncomplicated and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. Of course, the precise steps will differ significantly from one computer to the next.
Generally, you will need to access your computer’s settings or control panel. From there, you should check out the Network settings. Be sure that Wi-Fi is turned on and find the name for your new network. Select the network and enter the corresponding password (network security key or passphrase). Click the Connect button and wait a few seconds. After a brief wait, you should open your web browser and confirm that you have a connection to the Internet.
The Importance Of Placement
Remember that the placement of your router could have a great impact on its performance and range. Attempting to select the best placement can depend on a variety of different factors, including the number of floors in your home and the home’s square footage. To make the process easier, you should always attempt to place the router in a centralized location. In some situations, a range extender or repeater may be needed to extend the length of your Wi-Fi signal.
With the information provided above, you should be able to get your wireless router up and running, without much difficulty. Of course, you should remember that the precise process could very well vary from one model to the next. With this in mind, you should always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for assistance, if necessary.