So Congratulations. You just got your first router, and that’s basically what it looks like.

Each of us faced a situation when a router should be connected in an apartment…

Here is how you can setup a wireless router yourself…

1. Connect the Wires
Plug the internet cable into the router’s WAN (or Internet) port (router).

Then connect the router to the computer: one end of the cable to the LAN port of the router, and the other end to the network card connector of the PC. Instead of a cable, you can use a wireless connection, but during the setup phase, it is better not to do this.

Connect the router to the outlet. If it has another power button, then click on it. Wait a few minutes for the router to boot.

2. Check the work of the Internet
If your router is already configured by the provider or received the settings automatically, the Internet can earn a few seconds after connecting the router to the PC.
To check this, launch a browser and open several sites. If they load without problems, you can skip the
fourth item.

3. Router Settings MenuI

n the address bar of your browser, type 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 and press Enter. One of these IP addresses will send in the settings menu of the router. If both options do not work, find the desired IP address in the documentation for your router model and try entering it.

When the settings page appears in the browser window, the system may ask for a username and password.

Most often during the first connection for both fields, one word is appropriate – admin. Sometimes, for a standard password, router manufacturers use a combination of 1234.
You can also find the login information in the instructions for the router or on the provider’s website.

4. Set up Internet connection
If the Internet does not work, the router needs special settings. Which parameters you need depends on the model of the device and the Internet service provider. Unfortunately, there is no universal configuration. To get the instruction, check the provider’s site or ask your support service.

When you get a guide to customizing your model, follow all the steps. If you set up an internet connection and a home Wi-Fi network, you can move on to the next – fifth point.

5. Set up your home Wi-Fi network
Choose the correct security settings to protect your Wi-Fi network.

In the settings menu, select the section that is responsible for the wireless network (see the documentation for your router model). Here, enter a strong password (it will be suitable for connecting your devices to the router via Wi-Fi) and select WPA2-PSK as a security tool.
Save the changes to the settings.

6. Change the password to enter the settings of the router
Just in case, it’s worthwhile to restrict outsiders ’access to the router’s settings menu. If the router is protected by a standard password, replace it with your own.

Find the settings section that is responsible for security (see the documentation for your router model) of the device, and enter a new strong password. Save the changes.

If your computer has a Wi-Fi module, after the setup is completed, you can pull the network cable out of your PC and connect to the router wirelessly.

7. The optimal location of the router
Best of all, if the router is located in the center of the zone in which you use Wi-Fi. Thus, the signal will be equally accessible to all connected devices.

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