How to setup your WiFi Router?
Well, setting up your wifi router seems like an intimidating task but trust me it's way easier than you could have ever imagined it to be. We would guide you through a step-by-step process for easily setting up your router. Let's proceed.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Step 1: Find A Suitable Location
- 2 Step 2: Turn On The Router & Connect Your Internet Modem To It (Optional)
- 3 Step 3: Initially, Connect The Computer To The Router
- 4 Step 4: Login to the Router’s Administration Console
- 5 Step 5: Validate The Information About Your Internet Connection
- 6 Step 6: Validate the MAC Address Of The Router
- 7 Step 7: Consider Changing Your Default SSID Name
- 8 Step 8: Cross Check Your Local Network Connection
Step 1: Find A Suitable Location
Choose an open space for placing your router. Maybe in the center of your house or an open area to get the most of the coverage.It's not always possible to place it in the middle of the house because you have to connect the router to your broadband gateway, your ISP (Internet Service Provider) has provided you with. It should be placed in a convenient position for easy accessibility and then you can change the position later after setting it up.
Step 2: Turn On The Router & Connect Your Internet Modem To It (Optional)
Connect your router to the power source and switch on the router. Now follows the optional step for older router models. For older models, they have to be connected through an Ethernet cable (Where in today's models have USB connection for setup). Plugin the cable into the router's jack and ensure that there's no loose connection which might hamper the proper setting up of the router. Now, to check whether or not the router recognizes the modem, power it on then power it off and power it on again (called as a power cycle).
Step 3: Initially, Connect The Computer To The Router
Connect the computer to the wifi router. We recommend you not to use wifi connection for initial installation of your wifi router as the wifi settings have not been configured yet. For the time being, use a cable for installation that can be changed over a wireless connection once the router has been completely installed.
Step 4: Login to the Router’s Administration Console
After connecting to the computer, open the Web Browser and then enter the router's address for network administration and then return to the router's homepage. The exact address of your model can be reached through your router's documents and note that this step requires a working internet connection. The router's homepage would prompt you for a username and password, both of which are provided in the router's documentation. Enter it carefully and after the complete installation of the router, it is highly recommended to change the username and password for security purposes.
Step 5: Validate The Information About Your Internet Connection
In the router's configuration, validate the information about your internet if you want your router to connect to the internet. If you have a DSL internet connection, it's often requires to enter the PPPoE username and password or if you have a static IP address then it requires the static IP settings as provided by the provider for setting up your router.
Step 6: Validate the MAC Address Of The Router
Some ISP's authenticate their customers through their MAC address and if you were using an older model of the router or other gateway device to connect to the internet before then the provider might be tracking your address and prevent you from setting up your new router. If such restriction arises, update the MAC address of the new router with the previous one. Read more about how to change the MAC address here.
Step 7: Consider Changing Your Default SSID Name
Well, it's solely your discretion as to whether or not to change the default name of your router but doesn't that look ugly as well as hard for you to remember? We would highly recommend you to christen your router with names that are appealing to you as well as your neighbors. Well how? Then you must really read this article for a detailed step-by-step guide to change your default SSID name.
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Step 8: Cross Check Your Local Network Connection
Verify the whole setup by cross checking whether or not the local network connection between the router and the computer is working. The important step is to check whether or not the computer has received valid IP address information from the router. Then connect to a website via web browser to check the proper functioning of the router.
Your WiFi router would be properly setup after following the above mentioned steps and we have presented a general step-by-step process without specifying a particular router. If you have any queries regarding setting up your router or any suggestions for us, we highly welcome you to let us know via the comment section. Thank you!