How to Configure a Router

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If you’ve recently bought a router but you do not know how to set it up, then please continue reading. Here we will teach you the process of configuring a router step by step. Even the most novice computer users should be able to benefit from this guide.

• Finding a Good Location For Your Router

First try to find a suitable location to set up your router. An ideal location would be a flat surface that is within 150 yards of the entire perimeter of your house. Meaning, you want your router to be within range of every room of your house. Once you have found a suitable location for your router plug it in and turn it on.

• Connecting your Router

Next you will want to connect your internet modem to your router. Some models are a combination of a router and a modem, if this is the case then you will not need to do this. If you do need to connect your modem to your router, then you will usually need to use an Ethernet cable to do so, but USB cable connections are becoming increasingly popular these days. Make sure you plug it into the correct jack, which will usually be labeled WAN, Internet, or Uplink.

• Connect a Device to the Router

Now you need to connect a device (Laptop or Desktop) to the router via a network cable (RJ-45 Ethernet Cable) . Even if your router is a wireless router, and you will only be using it for a wireless device, it is still optimal to use a cable connection during the installation for reliability purposes.

• Access Your Router’s Control Panel

Now that your computer is connected to the router, open your Web browser. Then enter the router’s address in the address bar and press enter to reach the router’s control panel. Usually a router’s address is “http://192.168.1.1” or “http://192.168.0.1”. You can find out what your router’s address is in the manual. Once you have reached your router’s control panel you will need to login. You can find your router’s default username and password info in the manual.

Note: You do not need an active connection to the internet to access your router’s control panel.

• Entering Internet Connection Info Into Your Router’s Database

In order for your router to connect to the Internet, you will need to enter Internet connection information into the router’s configuration. If you’re using DSL Internet, then you might need to enter the PPPoE username and password. Also, if you have opted for a static IP Address from your provider, then the static IP fields given to you by the provider must also be put in the router’s configuration. Be sure to change the network name (SSID) if your router has wireless capabilities, as this is an important security precaution.

• Verify That The Router Is Properly Connected

Verify that your router is properly connected to the computer and is capable of sending and receiving information from the computer. To do this, you must confirm that the computer has received IP address information from the router. You should also verify that your one computer can connect to the Internet properly. To do this, simply visit a website.

• Test the Functionality of the Router

Now that the router is completely set up, you will want to test if all ports are working on the router. You will also want to make sure your wireless capabilities are working. Once you have verified this information, you are completely done. Congratulations!

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