Basic Wireless Router Setup

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If you are looking to setup wireless router for security or optimum performance? Follow these basic steps for configuring your wireless router setup the correct way.

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Basic Steps

WIRELESS ROUTER SETUP

Before you get started to setup wireless router, please ensure the below mentioned points are taken care of

GATHER DOCUMENTATION
Look out for stickers or leaflet manual that come along the wireless router box as it might have some important information related to wireless router setup. Most often you will find information like router default username and password details. We often miss such information in excitement of setting up new wireless router or sometime just throwing away the router packaging box.
CHECK FOR AN APP
Most of the router manufacture for better customer experience and seamless integration of their wireless router setup provides its customer with a mobile app or a web dashboard or both. These applications are handy and self-explanatory and with the help of it you may even setup wireless router without even bothering to connect the router to your computer to set it up. Check the documentation that came along your router to check whether a mobile app is provided or not.
INSTALL AND EXTEND ANTENNAS
In case if the router is having antenna and they're not fixed to the router box but has come separately in the packaging, then you'll have to fix them up. Moreover, you ought to expand the antennas prior to starting the process to setup wireless router
CHECK YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION
If you don't have a high-quality internet connection, the wireless router process will be a little annoying. The simplest technique is to establish connection between your computer and the modem, or the gateway device provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If your computer successfully establishes the connection, you may then prepare yourself for wireless router setup.
STEP BY STEP GUIDE

Unboxed Router Installation

Follow these simple steps to setup your router for wired and wireless connectivity in minutes.

1

DECIDE A BEST LOCATION TO PLACE THE ROUTER

The best location to place the wireless router is in an open area of your home or office with little or no obstruction as this will help you get the seamless coverage at maximum location. This may not be possible at all time to get an open area due to the location of the broadband gateway from your ISP (Internet Service Provider), which is typically connected to a wire adjacent to exterior wall. In such cases you may have to speak to your ISP and identify the best location.
2

CONNECT TO THE INTERNET

a. Attach the router to a cable or choose a mesh router

To resolve the “availability of open area” issue, you can make use of a CAT5e or CAT6 wire to attach the router to the ISP gateway ‘s Ethernet port. One more choice is to use Ethernet wires as an extension to connect to router by placing it at the desirable location and let the ethernet wire do its work.

One more choice is to install a mesh network with a router. A mesh network permits you to put numerous Wi-Fi transmitters over your home or workplace, all on one network. While extenders, can be used with any wireless router, the same is not feasible with mesh network if the router does not come with the build in capability.

It does not matter which alternative choice has been selected by you, you’ll have to use the Ethernet wire, connected to the router’s wide-area network (WAN) or Internet port. The Internet port can be distinguished among the other port due to its color.

b. Check if the router's LED lights are ON

Your router’s LED lights let you know whether you’ve correctly made the internet connection and its active or not. On the other hand if you don’t see lights which affirms the connection, ensure you’ve connected the wire to the right port.

c. Now Test the connection by connecting a device

You need to confirm that your router has a working connection by connecting a PC into one of the yellow color (WAN) ports on the back of the router. In the event that all works , you should have the option to start a wired connection, similarly as you did while affirming a functioning Internet connection

3

CONFIGURE THE WIRELESS ROUTER GATEWAY

Sometimes, ISPs offer clients gateways with built-in routers. Usually, these consolidated devices are not worked for business conditions, nor do they have additional ports, security, and different alternatives that permit you to add services and extend networks as the business develops.

Suppose  that you have an gateway with an integrated router, you'll then need to disable the router by  configuring the gateway and pass the WAN IP address—the unique  Internet protocol address that the Internet supplier allots to your account and all network traffic through to your new router.

If you don’t want to do this process, you may run into conflict situations that keep devices from working appropriately. In this situation you may have to contact your ISP for help with this step.

4

CONNECT GATEWAY TO ROUTER

To begin with, turn off the gateway. If you find that Ethernet wire connected to the gateway's local area (LAN) port, disconnect the plug from port and connect it to your router's WAN port. Wait for sometimes for this after turning the gateway back on to boot up. Connect the power supply with plug in the router’s power supply and turn it on and wait for some times once more.
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Use mobile app or web dashboard

The simplest method to proceed with wireless router setup to utilize a mobile app if the router manufacturer gave one. In the event that there is no app provided, you may login to web based dashboard. The computer then should be connected with the router via an Ethernet wire.

You may locate the router’s IP address which is printed on the back of the device itself; If there is no printing address, you need to go to browser search bar and type 192.168.1.1, a general router address.

6

Create a new user name and password

The simplest method to proceed with wireless router setup to utilize a mobile app if the router manufacturer gave one. In the event that there is no app provided, you may login to web based dashboard. The computer then should be connected with the router via an Ethernet wire.

You may locate the router’s IP address which is printed on the back of the device itself; If there is no printing address, you need to go to browser search bar and type 192.168.1.1, a general router address.

7

Update the router's firmware

Your router may require an update of the "firmware," or the application that use to operate it. Update it whenever you receive a notification as updates patches up any newly found bugs or it offers advanced security or new features that may be very useful for you.

A few routers may download new firmware directly, yet many don't. You may need to check for regular updates through the mobile application or the web interface provided.

8

Change your default Wi-Fi username and password

Like most routers come with default username and password, it may also include default wifi username and password. You'll probably be receiving the notification to change the Wi-Fi username and password. Regardless, its advisable to change it quickly to avoid any misuse.
9

Use auto-configuration tools wherever possible

Most router also comes with auto install features, and it’s always advisable to go through this preferred route setup wireless router.  For instance, you can use auto-configuration to manage IP addresses with the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and the device is automatically assigned a IP address. These IP address can be changed later if the requirement be so.
10

Set up security

Several router manufacturer also provide various advanced features, functionality, security options  with their mobile app or web based to safeguard your network and provide user privacy. Ensure to login in and tick mark those features for enhanced security and privacy. You can find features like firewall, web filtering, access controls and similar which can keep your protected for unwanted traffic. You can also likewise set up virtual private networks (VPNs) for hiding your network information.

Anyone can get the internet connection up and running using the starter manual provided by the router manufacturer. But in most models, finding all that information are tiresome and time taking. So, its always advisable to take out extra time to explore all the Advanced features discussed above for your wireless router setup to give the best performance. You may also choose to dig deep the entire manual and see what meets your requirement.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

It is a common observation that most problems gets resolved by updating the firmware, rebooting the device and simple static power drain. If that doesn't work, then our support experts can suggest you a wealth of help articles on this which you can consult. You can also reach out to us directly.

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