Setting up a wireless router can be simple if you simply disregard the part in the instructions that read: pop in CD, un plug a couple wires, re plug in wires, and presto your surfing the net. For some reason they always omit the part about typing in the correct settings into the WiFi Control Panel. I’m going to use the Linksys router for an example but this applies to most all brands of wireless routers. Now is a good time to get out the paperwork/contract that came from your DSL provider.
If you run the setup CD on the computer that is going to be “wired” to the wireless router you will more than likely get an error message that says “cannot connect to Internet please contact your provider”. You may get this because the settings in the Control Panel of the new router have not been configured. I don’t even bother with the CD anymore. It’s not really needed as no software or drivers are need to run the wireless router.
1. Unplug the Ethernet cable (looks like a phone cable only wider & flatter) from your providers modem box(the box that flashes colored lights). Plug it into the wireless router slot #1. Your computer is now hooked to the WiFi router in slot 1 via a Ethernet cable.
2. Plug the Ethernet cable that came with the WiFi router into the modem box from your provider (where you just took the cable out of) and plug the other other end into the slot of the Wireless router that says INTERNET. Now your modem box and Wireless router have a ethernet cable connecting them.
3. Connect supplied power cord to Wireless router and then into a surge protector (yes, you need a good surge protector for electronics)
4. Open your preferred browser: Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Opera and in the address panel type in one of the following adresses:
5. You will see the Control Panel to your router or you will get a box asking for Username and password. By default for most brands of routers the username is blank and the password is admin. Some routers it may be the username is admin and password is blank. Or both are admin. It will be listed on the instructions that came with your router or you can visit the website of the brand router you have to find out if the above addresses don’t work for you.
6. On the paperwork that came with your DSL contract you may need the IP address, subnet mask, gateway etc. If you cannot find your paperwork you must call your provider to get the following details: Connection Type (Static, PPPoE,etc), IP address, DNS1,etc. First you must determine your connection type (Static,PPoE,DHCP,etc) by reading the paperwork provided by your DSL provider. Fill in the fields listed on your paperwork into the Control Panel, it will depend what you fill in by what type of connection you choose. Click SAVE.
4. In the WiFi control panel go to the Wireless Securityoption then choose the type of security (most common is WPA 2-Personal, AES is most common Algorithm), now type in a password/key manually or use the generate key/password feature, it should look something like this or use this one: bqjerbfgn6nia138 It’s imperative to have a combination of letters and numbers. It should be a long string of characters NOT words. For more tips on secure password check out my other post: Super Quick Tips To Create Secure Passwords
5. Print the page that has your key/password and keep it with other important computer documents.
6. One last thing to do before leaving the WiFi Control Panel is change the default password that you used to login (admin) Go to Administration>Management>Router Password and put in any secure password you wish (combination of letters and numbers at least 8 characters long). Write that down on the page you printed off as Router password.
7. If you have other devices,printers or computers set up on the network you will need to put in the new type of security you chose (WPA, WPA2, etc) and the password in the network and sharing option or network connection area.
Your wireless network is now secure and ready to use. For each new device you want to use with your WiFI router you will need to simply enter the security type and the password. ENJOY!!