1) Choose a convenient location
to begin installing your router
such as an open floor space or table. This does not need to be the
permanent location of the device. Particularly for wireless routers, you
may find it necessary to re-position the unit after installing
it as the cables / signals may not reach
all areas needed. At the beginning, its better to choose a location
where it's easiest to work with the router and worry about final
Plug in the router's electrical power source, then turn on the router
by pushing the power button.
(Optional) Connect your Internet modem to the router
connect via an Ethernet
cable but USB
connections are becoming increasingly common. The cable plugs into the
router jack named "WAN" or "up link" or "Internet." After connecting the
cable, be sure to power cycle (turn off and turn back on) the modem to
ensure the router recognizes it.4) Connect one computer to the router
. Even if the router is a
wireless model, connect this first computer to the router via a network
cable. Using a cable during router installation ensures the maximum
reliability of the equipment. Once a wireless router installation is
complete, the computer can be changed over to a wireless connection if
desired.5) Open the router's administration tool.
From the computer
connected to the router, first open your Web browser. Then enter the
router's address for network administration in the Web address field and
hit return to reach the router's home page.
Many routers are reached by either the Web address "http://192.168.1.1"
or "http://192.168.0.1" Consult your router's documentation to determine
the exact address for your model. Note that you do not need a working
Internet connection for this step. And do call your Internet service provider for the default settings such as "MTU" "VCI" "VPI"
When connecting devices with network
cables, be sure each end of the cable connects tightly. Loose cables are
one of the most common sources of network setup problems.