Gone are the days when people used to be hooked to wired networks. Nowadays, most data is being transferred through wireless technology. A wireless router helps you set up a wireless network, but also acts as a router for a much broader network. This, of course, if you have the right network credentials.
A wireless router can be set up easily using a PC wireless adapter. A CD containing the installation software will most of the time accompany the actual router, although you might also be able to download said software from the router’s support site. A router’s software is mostly OS specific, while some are also PC model specific. Needless to say, the better the router, the better the signal strength – this is why we highly recommend going for a router for gaming.
Before setting up the router, you first need to connect an Ethernet cable to the modem in order to establish a way for you to communicate with the router itself. As soon as this is done, you will be prompted by a series of notifications from your system’s tray, telling you that a new device has been detected. The tiny vertical bars in the notification area indicate the status of a network’s strength. Select the particular network needed from the list of networks available as per your suitability.
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After setting up the Router, make sure that it is disconnected from the modem and the PC. Also, shut down the power source before going any further. Insert the router manufacturer’s CD and copy the software and/or download the latest version of the software available on the manufacturer’s website. If, for instance, the software available on the disc is not compatible with your PC or OS, you can download the respective software from the vendor’s website.
A set of on-screen instructions are shown and the setup starts. This setup will make you connect to the modem and PC in a particular order. The wireless router also needs to be connected to a computer using the Ethernet cable for a short period of time during this process. At this stage, a password and username will have to be created by the user, to facilitate further access. Remember to create a strong password that cannot be easily hacked. For convenience, try to write down said username and password on a piece of paper if needed.
If, for whatever reason, something goes wrong during the installation, a manual setup might need to be performed. To configure your wireless router manually, you will first need to connect the router to the modem using an Ethernet cable. Open any browser and enter the IP address specific to your particular router. This can be found in the router’s manual, even though most of the time the ip address is 192.168.1.1 or similar. Set up the network following the on-screen cues presented during the installation and restart your PC.
A few things to keep in mind when setting up a wireless router:
- Try to choose a strong password that cannot be guessed by an outside party. A strong password helps prevent bandwidth stealing and protects your data against unauthorized access. If possible, try not to use a regular dictionary word, or at least combine numbers with it.
- Follow your router’s manual to the letter. Don’t think for a second that setting up a wireless router can be done by intuition alone.
- Always keep an Ethernet cable on-hand. You never know when your wireless router will experience technical issues and the only way to work on solving these issues is via an Ethernet cable.