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How to Set Up a Wireless Router

hey there I'm Samara Lynn I'm the lead

networking analyst at PC Mag comm and

I'm going to show you today the quick

and easy way to set up a wireless router

now you can use these instructions to

set up a new wireless router but you

also can use them to set up a previously

used router let's say someone gave you a

router now if that's the case if you're

using a refurbed router the first thing

you want to do is reset the router back

to factory settings

now most routers have a recessed reset

button either on the back or somewhere

on the side of the router so you just

want to take a paper clip and you want

to hold that button for about 30 seconds

with the router powered on and you're

going to hold it into the LEDs flash and

then stop blinking that pretty much

indicates that the router is reset so

let's get started to set up a router you

first want to disconnect any router you

currently have connected to a DSL or

cable modem so turn off your ISP

provided modem connect an ethernet cable

from the modem to the LAN port of your

router connect an ethernet cable from

one of the land ports on the router to

the Ethernet port of a laptop or

computer now if you have a newer

wireless router say made in the last

year or so a lot of these routers

already have a pre-configured wireless

network set up the SSID of the network

and the passphrase

will usually be on a sticker on the

router or in any accompanying

documentation so you can skip that

second connection of the ethernet cable

from the land port of the router to a

computer and you can just use a laptop

or any sort of wireless client just to

connect to that pre-configured Network

now I still prefer the wired method

because it eliminates any potential

wireless connectivity problems that

could cause problems with the initial

setup also if you're using the wired vs.

wireless setup I like to disable the

wireless adapter of the laptop I'm using

for setup this way the laptop does not

connect to any other access points in

the area that

I may have connected to and then I'm

connected to two networks on the same

machine which could cause setup problems

so once you have the two Ethernet cables

connected connect the power on both the

modem and router now you want to power

up the modem first when the modem is

fully powered up you'll see green lights

on it you can then go ahead and power up

the router once the router is fully

powered up again when all lights are

steady and not blinking you can go into

the routers management software to

configure it most routers nowadays don't

come with setup disks most of them have

browser based software for setup you can

access this software from the computer

that's connected to the land port of the

router you do this by typing into the

default IP address of the router as the

URL the default IP address is usually on

a sticker on the router or provided in

the documentation you can also find the

IP address by typing the IP config

command in Windows at the command prompt

you can see here my default IP address

of my router is 192.168.1.1 min user

name and password this information is

usually included in the documentation or

on a sticker on the router now if you

have an older router or pre used one and

you set it back to factory default you

can usually find the default admin

username and password with a Google

search this router uses add bin as a

username and password now I'm in the

interface the first thing you should do

is change the admin password for

security reasons the next thing to do is

set up your wireless new routers will

usually already have an SSID set up for

both the 2.4 gigahertz and the 5

gigahertz band in dual-band router x' or

just a single SSID for a single band

router and usually they'll have the

passphrase set up as well

you want to ensure that security is set

to wpa2 encryption except in those rare

cases where you have wireless devices

that don't support wpa2

however most these days do apply your

settings and congratulations your router

is set up of course you can at any time

do more configurations such as enabling

quality of service setting up firewall

rules or any other features your router

supports and that is how you can set up

just about any wireless router for more

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