To do the configuration settings of the router you will need to login to the router.
There are several ways you can do this, they are:
- Using a computer connected with a USB cable.
- Using a computer connected with an Ethernet cable and a web interface.
- Using a computer connected using Wi-Fi and a web interface.- Most common
Using Wi-Fi and The Web Interface
Almost all home routers can be setup and managed using a Web interface. i.e a web browser.
To use this you will need to connect to the router using the Ethernet port or Wi-Fi .
To connect using Wi-Fi you will need to know:
- the SSID of the router, which should come with the documentation. (you can change the SSID later).
- The Wi-Fi password.
Most of the router comes with the details printed on the router backside.
Step 1- Setting up Wi-fi
The first step is to setup Wi-Fi access on your Laptop/PC using the Wi-Fi details (SSID and password).
Now you should be able to connect to the router, and the router should assign you an IP address.
You can check your IP address and find the IP address of the router by using the ipconfig command.
Open a command prompt an enter Ipconfig/all. Look for the default gateway. This is the address of your router.
Step 2 Connecting to the Router
To connect to the router you need to know:
- The router IP address
- The router default admin username and password
To login open a web browser and enter the IP address of the router e.g. 192.168.1.254.
Once you are logged in you can change the router configuration.
There are several things that you usually need to configure.
- A Network SSID for the wireless clients. (wireless router only)
- Wireless channels (wireless router only)
- Admin password for router management
- Password for the DSL link.
- Internal IP address ranges.
- Port Forwarding
Step 3 DHCP Setup
This is usually enabled by default and if it isn’t enabled then you should enable it unless you are providing a DHCP service from another router.Generally you should stay with the default configuration.
Changing the Network SSID and Password
It is a good idea to change this to a name and password that are easy to remember for you, but not easy to guess.
In restaurant,hotels etc you often see the restaurant or hotel name as the SSID.
Important! -When you change it you will lose the connection and you will need to change your laptop Wi-Fi settings to match the new settings