How To Connect And Configure A Home Wifi Router Correctly

How To Connect And Configure A Home Wifi Router Correctly

With the development of digital technology, each user sooner or later, but has to buy and configure a home WiFi router. Or, as it is also called, a WiFi router. There is nothing complicated in this – you only need desire and patience.
I already described the purchase and choice of a router for the home here – link.

Location of the WiFi router in the apartment

Properly positioning your home wireless router so that it covers as much space as possible with the WiFi network is sometimes not an easy task. And here a lot depends on the material from which the walls are made and which were used for decoration. A carpet, an aquarium, or even houseplants can become a hindrance.
Very often, users put a WiFi router on the table in front of them, or put it on the system unit. This is not entirely true. No, the device will work, “Wi-Fi will wifi”, then the signal quality and coverage may be lame. Therefore, it is desirable to position the device as high as possible and, preferably, approximately in the middle of the apartment.
Here is an example of the optimal location of a wireless access point in a one-story house or apartment:

The optimal location of the access point in a two-story house is:

The WiFi reception area can be determined using a laptop or smartphone, bypassing the apartment along the reception border. At the same time, moving the wireless device, you can also shift the boundaries of the Wi-Fi coverage area. Another important point – the wireless router should be located away from sources of electromagnetic interference – microwave ovens, cordless phones, etc.

Connecting a WiFi router to a computer

The manufacturers adopted a single standard according to which all the connectors on the router are located on the back of the device. From the front, as a rule, only indicator lights.
As standard, the WiFi router has 1 WAN (or Internet) port to which the provider’s cable connects, and 4 LAN ports to which computers and laptops can be connected using a network patch cord. On more advanced models, there are also USB ports for connecting flash drives, printers and 3G modems. Also on the back of the device (for some models on the bottom cover) there is a reset button – reset.

Attention! After pressing the Reset button, all settings of the wireless router will be reset to the factory defaults.

Configure a home router.

For the most part, after buying a device, the user asks himself a question – how to set up a router and a Wi-Fi network on it. An exception may be providers using the “Dynamic IP” connection type. Most home wireless devices are initially set up for this type of connection. Nevertheless, you still have to go into the settings of a WiFi router to at least set up a wireless network.

Configure network card settings.

Before you try to go into the settings of the router, you must correctly configure the network card. To do this, you need to go to Network Connections. To do this, press the WinR key combination and enter the command ncpa.cpl

Click OK. The Network Connections window opens.
We right-click on the one through which the router is connected to the computer:

In the menu that opens, select the "Properties" item.
The "Local Area Connection Properties" window opens. Here you need to select the component “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4)” and double-click on it.
In the window that opens, check the box for automatically receiving IP addresses and DNS addresses.

In 99% of cases with a Wi-Fi router, an active DHCP server is looking at the local network, which will issue an IP address to your computer. You can see it in the "Connection Status" by clicking the Details button.

The IP address of the device on the local network.

Each router has an IP address on the local network. This is usually 192.168.1.1. The exception is devices from D-Link and NetGear – they have an address of 192.168.0.1, as well as TrendNet home routers – 192.168.10.1. That is, after you have connected a computer to the device, you need to launch a browser and enter the address of the web interface in the address bar – http://192.168.1.1 (in the case of D-Link: http://192.168.0.1, for TrendNET – http://192.168.10.1). After that, you will see a request for a username and password for access to the web interface. In the vast majority of cases, the username is admin and the password is admin. The exception is Zyxel devices – they have a password of 1234.
Note: The router’s IP address, username and password are often printed on a sticker located on the bottom of the device.

Algorithm for setting up a WiFi router.

How To Connect And Configure A Home Wifi Router Correctly

To correctly configure your home Wi-Fi router, you need to follow the following simple algorithm:
1. Configuring connection to the provider.
2. IPTV setup (if you have this service activated)
3. Set up a Wi-Fi wireless network.
4. Change the password for access to the web configuration interface.
5. Saving the device settings (on some models this is not necessary, since the settings are saved automatically).
Detailed settings for the most popular and common models of WiFi routers with step-by-step instructions can be found on the instructions page (main menu of the site).

If you go into the device settings, it does not work.

Very often, users of wireless routers deal with the fact that they can’t get into the device’s settings, or they aren’t allowed to enter the router’s web interface. What to do and how to configure the router in this case?
– If the web interface is not available and an authorization request does not appear. First, check whether the computer receives an IP address from the device’s DHCP server. Secondly, try to register the IP address manually in the TCP / IP protocol settings. After that, try pinging the router. To do this, open the command line and run the command in it:
ping 192.168.1.1 (or ping 192.168.0.1 if you have a Wi-Fi router D-Link or NetGear).

– If the device responds without loss, try logging in from a different browser.
– If it doesn’t respond, in this case you either incorrectly entered the IP address or gateway address, or you turned it off and you need to reset it to factory settings using the reset button.
I also advise you to study these articles: how to log in to 192.168.1.1, and how to log in to 192.168.0.1

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