Installing a Wireless Router (with Pictures)

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Installing a Wireless Router (with Pictures)
Installing a Wireless Router (with Pictures)

With more and more devices able to connect to a wireless network, setting up a wireless router has become a critical step in almost every home network. This gives you the ability to connect your devices to the internet anywhere in your home, without the need for cluttered wires. To get started, read on to Step 1 below.


Part 1 of 3: Connecting the hardware

Set Up a Wireless Router Step 1

Step 1. Purchase a wireless router

Routers are available in all shapes and sizes. Compare the different specifications to find the router you are looking for. If you want more range, or if you have a lot of walls in your house, you need a router with more antennas.

All modern routers should support 802.11n, or Wireless-N. This is the most stable and fastest frequency, and it is backwards compatible with older standards, such as 802.11g

Step 2. Connect your router to your modem

Wireless routers allow you to share your broadband internet connection with multiple devices. To do this you will need to connect the broadband modem to the router. For best results, place the router close to your modem.

  • Connect the router and modem with an Ethernet cable. Most routers come with a short Ethernet cable that you can use for this.
  • Connect the modem to the WAN/Internet port of your router. This is usually indicated with a yellow color.

Step 3. Connect any desired device to the hardware

If you have computers that are close to each other, a game console or a TV, you can connect them to the router, via Ethernet. This results in a more stable and faster connection, and requires no additional configuration.

Step 4. Connect at least one computer via Ethernet

You need at least one computer connected, via the Ethernet cable, to adjust the settings of the router. You can disconnect the computer afterwards if you want to establish a wireless connection.

Part 2 of 3: Configuring the router

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Step 1. Find the IP address of the router

Most newer routers have this address on the device itself. For older models you can look this up in the documentation. If you can't find the router's IP address, you can do an Internet search for the router's model to find out what the default address is.

  • IP addresses consist of 4 groups of 3 numbers, separated by periods.
  • Most default IP addresses are,, or
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Step 2. Open a web browser on the computer connected to the router

Enter the router's IP address and press Enter. Your browser will attempt to connect to the router, then the configuration menu will open.

If your router came with an installation disc, you can use that to configure it. You will find about the same functions here

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Step 3. Enter your username and password

To access the configuration page, you must first enter your username and password. Most routers have a default account setting that you need to log in. This varies by model, but should be in the router's documentation, or on the router itself.

  • The default username is usually “admin”.
  • The default password is usually “admin” and “password”.
  • Many routers only require a username and no password, and some do not require you to enter anything.
  • If you can't figure out the username and password, search your router's model online for the correct information. If these have changed, press and hold the Reset button on the back of the router for 10 seconds to restore the factory settings.
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Step 4. Open the Wireless Settings

When you log in to your router, you will arrive at the main menu or the status screen. You will see several options to choose from. The Internet settings section can usually remain unchanged unless you have received special instructions from your provider. The Wireless section allows you to set up the wireless network.

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Step 5. Give your network a name

In Wireless you will see a field labeled SSID or Name. Enter a unique name for your wireless network here. This is what other devices will see when they search for networks.

Enable SSID broadcast. This essentially turns the wireless network “on”

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Step 6. Choose a security method

Choose from the list of available security options. For the best security, choose WPA2-PSK as the encryption method. This is the toughest possible security, so you also have the best setting against hackers and intruders on your network.

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Step 7. Create a password

Once you have chosen the security method, enter a password for the network. This should be a difficult password, with a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Don't use passwords that are easily inferred from the name of your network or from your habits and hobbies.

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Step 8. Save your settings

Once you are done naming and securing your wireless network, click Apply or Save. The changes will be applied to your router, which may take a few moments. Once the router has finished resetting, your wireless network will be enabled.

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Step 9. Change your router's username and password

Once you have set up your network you will need to change the default username and password. This improves the security of your router against unauthorized changes. You can change these from the admin section of the router's configuration menu.

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Step 10. Block Sites

If you want to prevent devices connected to your network from accessing certain websites, you can use the built-in blocking tools to restrict access. You can usually find this in the Security/Block section of the router.

You can usually block websites by entering specific domain names or keywords

Part 3 of 3: Connecting your devices

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Step 1. Connect a computer, tablet PC or a smartphone to the network

Scan to find the wireless network. Any device that supports wireless networks should find your new network, as long as it's within range of the router. Select the network and you will be asked for the password.

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Step 2. Enter your password for the wireless network

Once you have entered the password, the device will automatically be connected to the wireless network. The network will be stored in the memory of your devices and a connection will be established automatically when they are within range of the router.

For detailed instructions on how to select and connect a wireless network for a specific computer, tablet or smartphone, follow this guide

Connect a Printer to Your Computer Step 13

Step 3. Connect other devices

Besides computers and tablets, you can of course also connect other devices, such as printers, game consoles, TVs and more. See the following manuals for instructions for the specific device

  • Install a wireless printer.
  • Connecting a PlayStation 3 to a wireless network.
  • Connecting an Xbox-One to a wireless network.
  • Connecting a Nintendo Wii to a wireless network.
  • Connect Apple TV to a wireless network.

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