Like it is with any tech product, you have to go through the manual to understand how to set it up. You also need to be cautious with the way things are configured initially, it’s the same when it comes to wireless router. One doesn’t need to be technically sound but still perform the initial configuration nicely otherwise you may mess up things. With every new generation the router manufacturers are easing down the process to setup a router as it has become a necessity. The latest routers in the market are the ones which are having clean and labeled ports, color coded just so that they all can understand.
You may have come across terms like google wifi or eero which are on the verge of making the wifi based networks even more simpler by using mesh based wifi systems. If you just plugged in and your everything starts working, it doesn’t mean that you have got it all right.
Select the best router
This is the most basic and the most important step before you even proceed further. It is recommended that you spend considerable amount of your time in choosing the best possible router. You can see for the various options online and go through some of the reviews.
Just in case you hold an old router then it is not necessary if it already supports a current existing security settings. If it is something that supports WEP then only you need to understand that it’s time to upgrade. If you see at the bigger brands like Comcast and Verizon, they usually provide customers with routers as opposed to modems. There are many which that charge you some extra if you were to use a few extra features.
Once you have got the router, now it’s time to rock and roll. You just need to get connected and get connected with the web. The process to setup is pretty simple if you are very new to it.
- Turn off your modem
- Pluck your modem’s ethernet cable from the PC
- Connect the cable to the WAN or your internet port on the new router
- Now you can power your modem(keep an eye on the modem for a minute)
- Now power on your router(here also keep an eye on the modem)
- Now you have to use the ethernet cable to connect the PC to your router’s LAN port
- Turn on the PC, here you can enter the IP address 10.0.0.0.1 which will take you to the default
- gateway login so you can fiddle with the router’s settings.
As a standard most of the router are setup to use a DHCP to automatically assign an IP address to your computer. If every step has been followed till now, you should be online. If you are using an ISP supplied router then you need to set a take care of a few things. Reconfiguring is the very first process which includes ISP router to operate in the bridge mode before you connect it a new router. A bridge actually means the old router you have doesn’t have to worry about the current network traffic. Instead it passes the traffic to a new router. You can do this by yourself but make sure to do it under someone’s supervision or after a good research over the web. There are many who can make it happen remotely if you put a request.
Accessing the management console
Once the system and router are physically connected and you can access them both, it’s time to to customize the router’s configuration. To manage the router’s settings you have to enter default gateway login of that router. The process for which is very simple. The IP addresses differs from brand to brand.
- Open your local browser on the device which is connected to the router.
- Once the browser opens, enter the IP address which can be anything like 10.0.0.0.1 or 192.168.0.1 in the browser’s address and press enter.
- Enter the credentials and you will be greeted with the settings of the router.
Change the password and upgrade the firmware
It is always recommended that you change the default credentials of your router. It is important because if you don’t, there are chances that any hackers may steal your important information by entering the details which are easily available. Also make sure you are always running the latest drivers in your system and also the most latest firmware that has been released by manufacturer.