A wireless router is now almost standard equipment of any modern household. However, although proper installation is extremely important to the function, it is not always straightforward, especially for non-technical people.
The ideal location of the router
First of all, it pays to think about the ideal location of the WLAN router, because it has a direct influence on the later quality and stability of the Internet connection. Ideally, the router should be in the same room, but at least on the same floor as the devices used. In addition, care should be taken to keep it away from any sources of interference that could obstruct the signal. These include, for example, walls with a particularly high proportion of iron and radios or other routers that run on the same channel. This article is intended to help you set up your router.
The correct installation of the router
The first step is to connect the router to the PC. This should be done in any case via the Ethernet cable that comes with the router. If you decide for the immediate basic configuration by radio and something goes wrong here, so often a complex reset is necessary, which is possible only with the help of the manufacturer.
Now there are two ways to start the configuration. Either you insert the appropriate installation software, which is also included with the router, into the computer and simply follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
Another option is configuration via a web browser. To do this, you need the IP address of your product, which you can usually find in the instruction sheet or user manual provided. Enter the IP address in the browser and start the web search. Now a page appears on which you have to register or log in with your username and password. This information is provided by the internet service provider.
This completes the basic installation. However, it is now recommended to set an individual and secret password for your WLAN. This ensures that your newly established Internet connection can not be shared with neighbors or passers-by who are in the active radio range of their router.
Often the router already has a password, which has already been set by the manufacturer. This can be found mostly on the sticker on the bottom of the product. However, this default password is almost always a random array of numbers and letters that require a complicated password reset in case of loss of the slip. It is therefore only recommended to get creative yourself.
To do this, first go back to the main configuration menu. Most programs have a button called "System". Then click on the menu item "Password setting". Incidentally, when choosing a password, it is best to use upper and lower case letters, letters and special characters to ensure optimal protection.
With these tips, you should not have any problems if you want to set up your new router. If anything is still unclear, you can of course additionally contact the hotline of the router manufacturer and ask for help. Normally, you will then be instructed step-by-step about setting up your router.
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