If you just purchased a new router, you need to set it up so you can use it immediately. Setting up a wireless router has become a vital step, so you can use it without errors. With the wireless network, your devices will connect to the internet, without the need for messy wires. To get started set up your wireless router, see the steps below.
Steps to Set Up a Wireless Router
Wireless routers allow you to share your broadband internet connection with multiple devices, some of the steps below will help you do it.
- Configure your wireless router gateway
You must configure your router by connecting it to your modem. Connect the router and the modem with an Ethernet cable. Most routers come packaged with a short Ethernet cable that you can use for this. Insert another Ethernet cable between LAN Port 1 (on the back panel of the wireless router) and any available Ethernet port on the laptop or computer.
Open your popular web browser then type http://192.168.1.1 and press “Enter“. This IP address is factory default IP assigned to the router, you will be able to find it in your wireless router manual.
The below table shows a list of the standard addresses for setup screens as well as default usernames and passwords from several major makers.
|Router Manufacturer||URL||Default User Name||Default Password|
- Activating Your Wi-Fi
With your network now properly configured you can move on to setting up your wireless network. When you do this, make sure you use a computer that is connected to the network via an Ethernet cable. If you try to configure Wi-Fi over wireless, you’ll lose the connection to the management console whenever changes to the configuration are applied.
Go into the router’s management console and locate the section titled Wireless Setup. The wireless network should be enabled by default.
The SSID is the name of your wireless network. You can name the network just about anything you want.
The final step is to set the encryption your Wi-Fi network will use. Select WPA2-PSK because this is the highest level of wireless security currently available.
Test Your Wi-Fi Connections
All that’s left now is to save your configuration changes and test the connection. Your wireless devices should now be online.
- Place your wireless router
Put your wireless router in a particular position, if possible, place it in the middle of your house so that all devices can reach it.