A Guide to Setting Up any Router

In this guide, we will walk through the general steps of setting up a router in your home or business. Please note that the exact names and steps may vary depending on your specific brand of router. That being said the general process is relatively the same. If you’d like to find out how to set up your specific router go to our how to section.

STEP 1. Location is Key: Pick a location which is central and where the router can be placed with minimal chances of it being bumped or knocked over.

STEP 2. Power: Insert the power cable to the router and then switch on the router using the power button (generally on the back or side).

STEP 3. Modem Connection: If you have a separate modem connect this to the router using the ethernet cable. Newer models may connect using a USB chord. Regardless of chord connect the modem to the router at the plug which states something like “WAN” or “uplink” or “internet”. Restart the router (power off/on) to make sure the modem recognises the router.

STEP 4. Computer-Router: Now connect the router to the computer using a network cable. Some routes can be set up using Wi-Fi, however, it’s recommended to use the network cable for the initial setup

STEP 5. Access the Routers Admin Control Console: Using the computer connected to the router open an internet browser (chrome, Firefox, edge it doesn’t matter which one). In the address field of the tab, you’ll need to input the router’s IP; either 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1. If neither work, the IP address will be in your router documentation.

STEP 6. Logging in to Your Router: You should be taken to a login page. Input the username and password. Again this may be product specific but it’s Username – Password combination is generally something along the lines of Admin – Admin or Admin – Password.

STEP 7. Internet Setup: Look for a tab which mentions internet connection. Here you need to input your specific information relating to your internet package. This will have been sent by your internet service provider. If you don’t have this information, you’ll need to get into contact with them.

STEP 8. Change the Network Name: You can now change the network name of your wireless router (this is also known as the SSID). This can help you better identify your network if there are others around.

STEP 9. Validate the Network Connection: Assess whether your computer is receiving valid IP address information from the router – if it is then you’re all set to go.

STEP 10. Internet Connection: Log into your Facebook account or google the latest news using your chosen web browser to ensure that your internet has been set up successfully.

STEP 11. Security: Consider changing the username and password seen in point 6 above to prevent malicious attacks or some crafty individual stealing your internet.

STEP 12. Signal Strength: Finally, it’s time to assess the final position of the router to ensure even, strong Wi-Fi throughout your home or office, this may take some trial and error.

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