Setting up your wifi router isn’t as stressful as you think it is. Most router brands make it easy to use their products. They sometimes come with a smartphone app or computer software that will guide you through the installation process. This guide will help you out if you’re a total newbie.
Placement of Your Wireless Router
You need to figure out where you’re going to place your wireless router. You should place your router in an open area of your home. Never put it in a dead spot that’s close to your other electronic devices. Keeping it out in the open will provide you with the best coverage as well as a stable internet connection.
If you can’t place your router in an open area of your home, avoid shoving it in the closet or putting it in the basement. You may need to use a longer cable to connect the route to the gateway’s Ethernet port so you can have it out in the open. Run two Ethernet cables through your desk or walls to the port.
Configure the Router Gateway
Most internet service providers give their customers modems with built-in routers. Most of these devices have a poor signal compared to stand-alone wireless routers. You need the IP address that your router’s gateway uses. Input that IP address into your web browser to access the gateway’s configuration screen.
Turn off your gateway by pressing the “Off” switch or unplugging the power supply. If your Ethernet cable is in the LAN port, remove it, and plug it into the WAN port. Turn on the gateway and wait several minutes for it to boot up. Plug in the power supply and wait several minutes for that to load up.
Change Your Router’s Admin
Many router brands have smartphone apps that allow you to control your routers. If yours doesn’t come with an app, connect your computer to the router with your Ethernet cable. Enter your router’s IP address into the web browser. The IP address should look like a group of numbers with periods between each grouping.
You’ll need your router’s administrative login information to access it. This information is located on the router itself or in the documentation. Enter that information into your web browser. You should be able to change the administrative password since it’s not secure. Change it to something that’s difficult, but unique enough for you to remember.
Update the Firmware
Router brands often release new firmware after they send the router. This firmware includes bug fixes, patches, and security improvements. Verify that you have the latest firmware. Most routers will look for new firmware automatically. It’s best to look at your router’s user manual for more information. You should restart your router after the firmware update.
Create a Password to Access Your Network
Most routers come with pre-assigned passwords that are often found on the router itself. Configure the password to a WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption. The WEP (Wired Equivalent Password) shouldn’t be used since it doesn’t provide a secure connection.
The process for creating a router’s Wi-Fi password varies upon the device that you use. It’s best to check your user manual for detailed information. If you own a dual-band router, you need to create networks for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. The password should include a combination of characters, letters, and numbers.
Now you’re connected to your Wi-Fi network. You should be able to access your Wi-Fi network using the password you created. Take advantage of your router’s guest network. This allows your guests to use the internet without hogging the bandwidth on the main network.