How To: Access a Router

By: Ian Oh | Posted On: May 18, 2011

 

Setting up a router for a wireless network is easy. All brands of routers have similar setup procedures. Some simple security tips are included. But this video will guide you through it.

Steps

So, you’ve got to start off by turning off your cable or DSL modem. Most of these have a really obvious on-off button. Then, connect the router to a modem.

If your modem does not have a power switch, unplug the power source. Connect the router to a modem. Plug one end of the network cable into your modem, plug the other end into the port on your router labelled “internet”.

This may also be called “WAN” or “WLAN”. The labels will vary depending on the type of router you have. Plug another network cable to the ethernet port on your router.  Typically, the ethernet ports are labelled, “1″, “2″, “3″, “4″, like these. But any port not labelled “WAN” or “WLAN” or “internet” will normally work. Connect the other end of this cable to your network or ethernet port on your computer.

Then, open an internet browser on your computer. In the address bar, type in the address of your router, and hit “Enter”. The address details for your router will be provided in the packaging of your router or in the instructions that come with it. This will give you access to the router settings. The address of your router will depend on the brand of router you have. The address will always start with “http://” and will be followed by a series of numbers and dots. These are called IP addresses and this is like a telephone number for your internet connection. If you do not have any product documentation, search for your router’s address on the internet. All the well-known routers will have support websites with this information available, and if it’s a new router, it’s going to have the default setting.

Once you’ve located these credentials, you should input the default user name and password for your router. You will be asked for this in a popup window after you enter the router address. You can find this on your router’s product documentation. Generally, the default user name is “admin” and the default password is either “admin” or “password”. Then, you need to configure your router’s settings. Locate the input box labelled “SSID”.
This is the name of your network and what people see when they attempt to connect to a network. Name your SSID something unique that you will recognize when you see it pop up on your screen, or if you’re security conscious, then you can make your SSID something that’s not associated with you, so that it’s more hidden. You then need to assign your router a new user name and password, because obviously if you leave the default “admin, admin” or “admin, password”, then anyone can connect to your router and interfere with your network.
So, choose something for your password that’s secure and only memorable to yourself. You can consider securing your network with encryption. This ensures that no one who does not have the encryption key will have access to your network. This is normally called “the WPA” or “WAP”. These are different types of encryption that run across wireless networks. Many of the router products actually force you to have a combination of letters and numbers. If it is not forced, then you should consider doing this anyway so that it’s more secure. You will need to enter the password several times. Once you’ve done this, disconnect the network cable from your computer if you are setting up a wireless network.
Then you can test to see if the wireless connection is actually working. That’s how to access a router.

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Ian is a Senior SEO and IT Consultant.

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