If you have very little or no experience at all in setting up and installing a wireless router, things can get a bit complicated. The chances to make a mistake are very high. However, D-Link has made this process quite simple and understandable, so make sure to follow the steps described below.
First we have to make sure that the router and the computer are properly connected. One end of the Ethernet cable goes into the router's WAN port and the other end into the Ethernet port on the computer.
Turn the router and the PC on and wait for them to boot up completely. Login to the router using the default IP address. Take care to avoid the following mistake and type 192.168.0.1 instead of 192.168.o.1. Many users do this which makes them lose their patience and ask for professional assistance in router installation.
To login you will have to enter the default username and password, for D-Link routers these are: admin for the username and the password is blank, the user enters its own password during the installation process. However, if you are using a used router chances are that the password is already there, so make sure to get it before you continue with the installation. When you enter these details properly, you will access the admin area.
Secure the router
In one of our previous articles we have talked about router security so here we will just list the things you have to configure or modify in order to secure your router.
- Change the default username and password. This is one of the first things you have to do.
- Change the default SSID. This will prevent others from seeing your router model or brand which can be abused in a way to find the default login details.
- Change the default login IP address. If someone knows your router brand it will be easy to find the default IP too.
- If you are not using wireless internet it is best to disable this option.
- Enable wireless encryption and set a strong and unique passphrase
- You can also set up MAC address filtering but we thing that this is an advanced option and at the same time it can make problems if you have multiple devices connected to the wireless internet. Also the MAC address can be easily spoofed, so you can skip this option.
Now when you complete all these tasks, it is best to make a note of all the settings you have made during this process. Additionally, it is always good to make all these changes when you first set up your wireless router. Leaving such things for tomorrow can be a big problem when you find out that someone has gained access and messed everything up. Another important thing is to take a note of the default IP address, the admin username and password and the wireless password as well. You never know when you will need these details again.