With high-speed internet becoming more and more common, the days of dial-up are coming to an end. In order to get the most out of your internet connection, you need to know how to configure your wireless router. To learn more about how to get your WiFi router set up, check out this helpful guide!
If you do not have a lot of experience with technology, setting up your wireless router can seem like a daunting task. With all the wires, cables, codes, and instructions, it is easy to get overwhelmed. To make things more complicated, each brand of wireless router will require its own unique set of steps to get it working correctly.
As such, this guide will only go over the most basic of steps to install, which should apply to most routers on the market. If you happen to be installing a used or refurbished router, this guide will also be of assistance. You will need to have a working modem in your home to successfully get your router up and running.
Before you plug your wireless modem in and turn it on, you need your router to the modem via an ethernet cable. To do so, you will need to plug one end of the cable into your router, then plug the other end into your modem’s WAN port. WAN stands for wide area network and it is what allows your wireless modem to connect to the internet.
On some models of modem, the WAN port will be labeled with either ‘WAN’ or ‘Internet’ and may be a different color than the other ports. There will be several ports on the back of the modem, but only one is your WAN port. The rest are LAN or Local Area Network ports, which are meant to provide internet to other devices in your home.
The instructions for setting up your router will be available in the manual. However, most modern routers can be set up via your smartphone with the appropriate app. To get the ball rolling, you should look at the box or manual to find the right app, then go to the Android or Apple Store to download it on your smartphone.
There will be a sticker on the back of your router that lets you know the default network name and password to access it. Once the WiFi network has been created, you can connect to it on your computer or smartphone to begin setting up your router.
To do so, navigate to your Network or Wifi Settings and select the default network name when it appears, then enter the default network key. Once you have connected to the WiFi router, you can use the app to get your network set-up going.
If your router does not have the option to do a set-up by app, there is an alternative method. All you have to do is connect your computer directly to the router with an ethernet cable.
To open the configuration page for your router, enter 192.168.1.1 into your web browsers address and click Enter. The exact address of the configuration page can vary, so make sure to consult the router’s manual to get the best results.
If you happen to be setting up a used router, it will need to be reset before you can make use of it. Virtually every router has a reset button located somewhere along the back of the device. The button will be recessed into the router, so you will need to use some kind of poker to hold it down for thirty seconds or so.
Once the router has reset, it will return to the default settings of the device. This means the default network name and password will allow you to access the router.
Whether following on the app or the configuration page, you will be prompted to create a name and password to administrate your WiFi network. You should make sure that the network password is unique and hard to crack. Failing to do so will put every WiFi connected device in your home at risk for a security breach.
If you are given the option to select your security protocol, make sure to select WPA2. This is the current industry standard for security and should always be enabled.
From here, you can go about creating a password that will allow you to access the internet through your wireless network. This password should be different from your admin password to avoid security issues.
Once you have your modem connected to your router, keep an eye on the router’s indicator lights. When the router is connected to the internet, you will see a light come on or change color. If you do not see anything change, make sure the cable is not damaged and is firmly eating in the ports.
To verify that the router is connected, connect your computer to a LAN port with an ethernet cable. You should be able to open a wired internet connection with ease. If this does not work, there are many options on how to fix WiFi connection problems.
As discussed earlier, the LAN ports on your devices allow you to physically connect devices to your wireless routers. These ports allow you to create a wired internet connection to your router to avoid any issues with a wireless connection. Smart TVs, printers and gaming consoles are examples of wired devices.
You will need to have a separate ethernet cable for each device that you want to connect to the router. Use the ethernet cable to connect your devices to available ports on your wireless router.
With this handy guide, your wifi router set up will be hassle free. With a little knowledge, you can get wireless internet running in your home no time. Check out our website today for more articles like this!
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