After purchasing a wireless router, it’s time to install and configure it. Well, for those of you who are installing a WiFi router for the first time, here are the steps to install a WiFi router at home that you can do yourself.
There may be different configurations. This of course depends on the model and brand of WiFi router you are using. But in general, the installation process does not really differ.
Here are the steps to install a wireless router at home
1. Power it on and connect the modem to the router
Connect the router by plugging the power cord into the nearest outlet. Then turn on the router by pressing the power switch to the ON position.
Connect the modem using an Ethernet cable. Some types and series already support USB connections. Plug the cable into the socket of the router or into a WAN call or uplink. When connecting the device to a wired network, make sure that both ends of the cable are securely connected and not loose. Also, make sure the modem device is already recognized by the router.
2. Connecting the computer to the router
Connect the computer to the router with a network cable. It should be noted that during the initial installation, it is not recommended to use the WiFi connection of the router, since the WiFi parameters are not configured correctly. The use of cables for installation in the router is also intended to avoid unstable connections during installation.
3. Open the admin menu of the router and log in
Once the computer is connected to the router, open a web browser. Then enter the router address to open the administration menu. Generally, some series of routers can access the web address at “http://192.168.1.1 ” or “http://192.168. 0.1 ” access the management menu. If that fails, check the manual for your specific router. Once you have entered the router’s administration menu, enter your username and password.
Usually the default username is “admin” with password “password”. It is recommended that you change the management settings details of this router immediately to prevent prying hands from interfering with your network.
4. Enter data and information about the Internet connection
In order to connect to the Internet, enter the router information and settings according to the network or provider you are using. For example, if you use DSL Internet, you need to enter the PPPoE username and password on the router. Similarly, if you use a static IP address.
5. Update the MAC address of the router
Some ISPs use MAC addresses to authenticate their customers. You can update the router’s MAC address from the router’s administration menu. More information can be found in the manuals of the respective routers.
6. Remember to change the network name (SSID).
Newer routers generally use their manufacturer’s default name. For security reasons, you can change the name of the SSID. In this case, check the LAN connection between the computer and the router. Make sure the computer can correctly receive the IP address information from the router. Also check if the computer can connect to the Internet.
7. Connect a computer or other device to the router
You can then connect a computer or laptop directly with an Ethernet cable through a LAN connector if you have one. If you choose wireless, make sure the network name (SSID) you choose matches the SSID on the router and the password you set earlier in step 3.
8. Define network security features
To set up network security features and protect the router system from intruders and hackers, you can use the WPA2 wireless encryption feature. Also, make sure your router supports WPA2 functionality. For more details, see the router security tips in the discussion of tips to protect WiFi routers from hacking.
When all the steps have been completed, the next step is to determine the position where you will place the wireless router. Be sure to put it in a safe place away from anything that could damage the router, such as water, and out of reach of children.