A Guide to Setting Up any Router

Do you deal with situation when you buy new wireless home router, but don’t know how to set up it? This article was written for people, who deal with this situation and searching some guides. All specified in article names can be different depending on manufacturer of your router.

  1. Location is really important thing. Recommend you to place your router in middle position. It should stand steadily, so it doesn’t fall after bumps or knocks.
  2. You need provide power to your router. Put power cable in your device and switch on power button. It usually locates on backside.
  3. Connect your separate modem to router by using Ethernet cable. New router models can be connected by using USB cable. So it’s not important which model do you have. Connect your modem to router at the plug which should be specified as “WAN”, “Uplink” or “Internet”. Recommend you to reboot router to be sure that modem identifies router.
  4. Then you need connect router to your personal computer by network cable. Some routers can be set up using wireless connection, but network cable is the most safety and the most tested way.
  5. To configure your routers settings, you need enter in your router’s web-interface (Administration panel). Open web-browser (It’s not important which one). Here you need type your router’s IP address. The most popular IP addresses are and If you have different IP address, you can find it in router’s documentation.
  6. When you do step above, here should be appeared window where you need type your username and password. If you didn’t change they, you can use default identification information. The most popular combination are: username – password; admin – admin; admin – password.
  7. Firstly you need setup your internet connections. Find tab which should be called “internet connection”. Here you need specify your information about your internet package. You can get this information from your internet provider, so if you haven’t got it, you need contact to your provider.
  8. Then it’s recommended to change your router’s name. That will help you find your wireless network connection in list of different networks.
  9. Validate your network connection. It’s necessary to know that your computer receives valid IP address from your router. If it’s okay, follow steps below.
  10. Log in your social networks in your web-browser to be sure that you set up your Internet connection correctly. This step is similar as step above.
  11. After these actions, you need configure your security settings. Changing username and password can prevent attack of cybercriminals which want to get your personal information.
  12. It’s time to test your router’s signal strength and correctness of work. It would take some time and trials. If you have errors, you need to do some changes in steps above.