Everyone who got their hands on a new device knows that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to getting it running. Wireless Routers fall into this respective category as arranging a home network is a little bit challenging but at the same time not too difficult as hardware providers are making it easier to set them up.
Most Wireless Routers have a basic configuration pattern which allows for ease of use by offering a setup based on an app. The process of installing a router doesn’t end here as you have to take into consideration factors such as network performance and security. We’ve put together some basic steps to make you have a better understanding of how to configure a router.
Select Your Device
Note that it’s worth investing some money into a good wireless router as it is the very center of your home network. Before deciding on a final model, make sure you do some research beforehand. If are not sure on which router to decide on large ISP providers have got you covered as getting a data package from them comes along with their own wireless router which is tailor made to satisfy even the most pretentious users.
When you’ve finally received your wireless router all you need to do is get connected. This is done by turning off your router and unplugging its Ethernet cable from the PC. Afterwards, connect the cable to the WAN port on your device and power it on. If you’ve done that correctly, use another Ethernet cable to connect to your router’s LAN port and you are pretty much set.
Configure Your Router
Your PC and wireless router should be now connected and you can now begin to configure your router’s settings. This is done via a Web browser by accessing a default IP address for the administrator account. The IP address should be looking like 192.168.0.1 for most devices and after you’ve accessed that you must enter some credentials and a management console will pop.
Change Passwords and Upgrade Software
Wireless router users are strongly advised to change their router’s default password before they even begin using the wireless connections for security reasons. Secondly, one has to make sure that the device is running on the latest version of firmware issued by the router’s manufacturer as it can improve stability and performance.
If you’ve followed these first steps you can now move on to properly set up your wireless network. This is extremely easy and the process should be complete in a couple of minutes. Before you even start activating your wireless connection make sure that your PC is connected to the router via Ethernet cable, otherwise it will not work.
Click on the Wireless Setup which is found in the management console and enable the wireless network if it isn’t already enabled by default. Change your Channel setting to Auto and you can start customizing your network connection such as naming your connection as well as changing your password.
We also recommend setting up the encryption on your Wi-Fi network as it will improve its security. WPA2 is highly recommended, which is listed as WPA-2PSK [AES]. This is one of the most secured encryption types which is currently available.
If you’ve correctly followed these easy steps you should now be able to save your configuration settings and test your connection by unplugging the Ethernet cable from your PC. Your wireless connection should be now working properly and be accessible to any device.
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