Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
NOTE: YOU MUST BE HARDWIRED TO THE ROUTER TO UPDATE OR RECONFIGURE THE ROUTER.
This How-To is specifically based on the WBR2310 model. It is probable that it is the same steps for a variety of D-Link wireless routers, as the interface is generally the same, with the exception of added or reduced features and functionality.
First, disconnect power from the modem, router, and your computer. If you are resetting the router,before turning it off take a paperclip or other object and hold down the “reset” button for approximately 40 seconds. Resetting the router will return it to the factory default settings. Turning everything off clears what is called the DHCP pool, which is like a phone book that has every devices IP address (or “Phone number”)in it.
Next, with everything turned off you want to hook the Modem up to the Router in the “internet” port(it should be separated from the rest of the other four ports. See image below) and the router up to a computer with network cables(RJ45 CAT5e or 6). This is only temporary, you will be able to disconnect your computer after we are done setting up. The first thing to turn on is the modem. Depending on the modem one or two lights will not come up until the router is connected and turned on. You should see the power light and an up and down light flickering. After about 40 seconds, turn on the router. This may take up to 1minute for everything to come online, so just give it time. Once you see the “online” light on your router blinking or solid you should be good to go but it is good practice to wait the full minute just to be safe.
Now turn your computer on. You can log into your router by typing in either 192.168.0.1. After that a log in box should come up. The default user name is “admin”and there is no password. The first thing you should do when you log in is change that log in info! The default settings on your router is well known information to people looking to exploit unsecured wireless networks. You can go over to “Tools” and set the Administrator Log in Name and Password. Make sure you press Save Settings when you are done.
Next you want to click back to “Setup”and select Wireless Settings from the menu on the left. Once here, you should change your Wireless Network Name (SSID) to something unique for you. I prefer to select “Enable Hidden Wireless” as an added security feature in order to prevent your wireless network from showing up on other people's available Wireless Network list. However if you do this there is an extra step insetting up your computers to find the wireless network. I will discuss this later. Enable Auto Channel Scan should be enabled and the rest of the boxes unchecked.
In the next section, “Wireless Security Mode”, I recommend you select WPA Wireless Security from the drop-down list. Under the WPA section, select AUTO and Personal for the Cipher type and Personal/Enterprise. Create a Pass phrase and enter into the Pass phrase box and confirmation box. Make sure you write this configuration down! This should not be easy, but a combination of letters and numbers.
FOR ADDING PC's TO A HIDDEN NETWORK:
Make sure you have all of your settings handy. It is always a good idea to write down the settings and tape them under the router in case you need it in the future. Since we hid the wireless network (if you did, if not disregard this step)you will have to go into your Wireless Network settings. Go to Start/Connect To/Show all connections. Right click on Wireless Network Connections and select Properties. Select the Wireless Network tab. Select the Add...button.
Enter in the Wireless Network Name (SSID) you named your network.Select OK. The next step is configuring the security. Go into your Wireless Network settings again. Go to Start/Connect To/Show all connections.Right click on your wireless network from the Preferred networks screen and select Properties. Where it says Network Authentication select WPA-PSK and set Data Encryption to TKIP. Now Type in yourNetwork Key that you made. In Windows Vista and 7, you are allowedto see the characters you type in. Make sure you select this so youcan make sure you are putting in the right combination of characters.
That was easy!
NOTE: You should backup this configuration as soon as it is complete by clicking “Save Settings”in the “Tools” section. After you back up, you should click“Status” to ensure you have the most current version of the router firmware available. Please check the D-Link support site for firmware updates at http://support.dlink.com/.
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