Setting up Wi-Fi for your home or office requires a checklist, see Wi-Fi Checklist. If you have it all, you are good to go.
All routers can be set by using the in built wizard, however manual option is also available. In this post we shall be discussing the wizard mode.Lets begin,
- Unbox the router, check if you have all the accessories as mentioned on the box s.a power cable, patch cord, manual ,CD etc.
- Power ON the router and connect the Ethernet cable coming from the Modem(Provided by ISP- Internet Service Provider) to the WAN port on your router.
- Use the patch cord to connect the laptop/desktop to your router into one of the LAN ports.
- Now we need to access the router console. For that we need to make sure that our PC is connected the router and has received an IP from the router.
- Press the windows key together with the letter R. In the Run box type cmd then press OK. On the black screen type ipconfig and check IPV4 address under Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection, it should be like 192.168.x.x.(x.x can 1.100 or 0.100 or 2.100 depending on the manufacturer). Below the IPV4 address you will also see Default Gateway. Note down the address of Default Gateway, this will be used to access the router console. This confirms that the PC and the router are now talking to each other.
- Now open your browser and up in the address bar type Default Gateway address which you had previously noted and press Enter. You should see the Login page for your router. The Username and Password can be found on the bottom of the router or in the manual provided. Most brands use admin as the default Username and Password. Enter the Username and Password and press Login. You should now see the router console with a Wizard open to configure the router.
- Follow the wizard as it ask to enter the Username and Password provided by your ISP. This info is found on the internet subscription card, alternatively you can also call your ISP and get this info. This way you can configure the internet part of your router. As you move on with the wizard you will be asked to select a SSID (Wi-Fi name) for your router, enter a suitable name for SSID. When prompted for Security Key make sure the Security Type is WPA/WPA-2 and enter a complex password (e.g rocket4d*, something which has letter, number and special character and should be minimum 8 characters in all). Make sure you note it down.
- Move on and Save the settings to finish the wizard. Your router will now reboot to save the changes.
- Once the router is up and running check if you can browse the internet on your PC.
- Also scan for Wi-Fi on your mobile or tablet and connect to it using the security key you noted earlier. This should get your mobile online.