Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How to setup a D-Link router?

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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Enable Wireless and Find the SSID


The SSID also known as a network name is broadcasted all the time when the wireless network is operational.  If you need to connect a device to your wireless network you should know the SSID and the wireless router password. In some cases when the wireless network is not secured, you won't need a password but it is highly recommended to secure your wireless connection in order to prevent others from abusing your internet connection, bandwidth and personal data.

In the following few paragraphs we are going to tell you how to enable wireless connection and then how to find the SSID.



Before we start there are 2 things we have to know: the router's default IP address and the default username and password. If you are using a D-link or Netgear router, the default IP will be 192.168.0.1. Please take care to notice that the IP address is made of numbers, because many people try to login to the router using the 192.168.o.1 . They type the letter "o" instead of the number "0".See this blog for other information.

How to find the SSID


In the web browser type the correct IP address and press the enter button on the keyboard. After you enter the default username and password you will get access to the router admin page. In the menu find the "SETUP" section, then "Wireless setup" and look for the SSID field i.e. Wireless Network Name. Most router manufacturers use their brand name or the router model as a default SSID which represents a threat to the security of your wireless network. Changing the SSID to something else other than the default can be considreed as an additional layer of security.



Please note that when you change the SSID  you will have to save update it on all the devices connected to that wireless network.  

How to enable or disable wireless internet


While you are logged into the router you can easily enable or disable wireless internet based on your needs.

Just check the router admin page and in the menu click on Setup, then Wireless Settings and you will see a checkbox which says: Enable wireless. Checking this box and saving the settings will enable wireless connection. It is recommended to uncheck this box, i.e. to disable wireless internet when you are on vacation, when you are not at home for a longer period of time. By doing this you can be sure that your home network is safe while you are not there.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Secure Your Wireless Network Guide



We are all aware of the benefits of having a wireless network at home. You can have all your computers, laptops, and other devices connected to the internet at the same time. If you have a big family and every member has its own needs regarding the Internet, whether it is for work, gaming or something else we have to admit that it brings peace to the modern family.

However, having a wireless network means that the computers and devices in this network can be susceptible to hackers, so we have to take some steps in order to improve the overall security. Almost everything we can do here can be done in the router settings, and as you already know we have to have the default router IP and the login details in order to make these changes. When we secure our network we can be calm regarding hackers and other intruders. In most cases they will choose another wireless network to try their skills.




Step-by-step instructions


Login to the router


This is the first step we have to take whenever we want to change something to the router or try to solve some networking problems on our own. Type the default IP address to the browser and press Enter on the keyboard. For example, D-link routers have the following default IP: 192.168.0.1.




If you type this IP address and nothing happens check the following:

- The right IP address is 192.168.0.1, not 192.168.o.1. Of course for other router brands use the ipconfig command in the Command prompt to find the default IP address listed as Default gateway.

- Type the default IP address in the address bar, not in the search bar.

If the login window doesn’t open up, check the connections and other things. We will cover this in another article.

Enter the default username and password and change them


Every router manufacturer protects the admin settings with a default password and username. For example, D-link routers use "Admin" as a username and no password. One of the steps we have to take in order to secure our network is to change these defaults. This means changing the username into something else other than Admin and adding a strong and unique password. To do this find the Tools section in the admin menu, then Administration settings and change the mentioned username and password. Don’t forget to click the Save or Apply button. In some cases you will be logged out of the admin menu when you save the changes and you will have to login again. This is a perfect way to test the changes you have made previously.

Change the Network name


When you login again look for the wireless settings. There you have several things to change. One of them is the SSID or Service Set Identifier. In other words this is the network name. To be more precise when you click on the network icon on the desktop next to the clock you will see the list of available wireless networks and their names. If your router uses the default SSID it will broadcast the router brand or model. If someone who knows how to abuse this see the SSID he or she will find a way to gain access of the network. As you can see changing the SSID and the default username and password will make this a bit more difficult.

Another thing to be changed here is the encryption and setting up a wireless password. Selecting a WPA security and adding a strong alphanumeric password with symbols will boost your wireless security. Save the changes and don’t forget to write the password somewhere.


Install a firewall

 


Although this is something not connected to the router settings directly, it is still an additional layer of security. Whichever firewall software you choose you won’t make a mistake. Just google for the best free firewall or if you are willing to pay, look for the best firewall software.

Conclusion


As you can see, securing the wireless network won’t take long but failing to do this will take much more work if you need to set it up again from scratch. So, don’t be lazy and make these changes as soon as you install the router.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Change your D-Link router password


When we talk about resetting a password in our wireless router, we have to make a clear difference between resetting the router's wireless password and resetting the default admin password. The first one can be fixed in a few simple steps, while the other is a bit complicated because it requires a hard reset i.e. to reset the router back to factory settings and use the default password. To be more precise, every router manufacturer ships the router with a default password which can be easily changed.
How to Reset the Wireless Password

To reset the wireless password you have to make sure that you have the right router IP address and login details first. For D-Link and  users the default IP address is 192.168.0.1

To login to the admin settings page of your router make sure that the router and PC are connected with an Ethernet cable. 



In the address bar, not the search bar, of the browser you use, type the router's IP address i.e. 192.168.0.1 and login. 

Under the "Wireless Settings" look for "Manual Wireless Network Setup". Click it and find the appropriate field to enter the wireless password. Look for items like WEP key or something like that.

Delete the existing password and type a new one. It is recommended to use WPA2 security encryption since you can enter a stronger password there. Don't forget to save the settings.
How to Reset the Admin Password

To start with this process you have to get a pin or a paperclip. The reason for this is because the Reset button us hard to get at the back of the router. manufacturers have protected this button in order to avoid accidental resetting of the router. 

Press the reset button with the pin or paperclip and hold it for about 30 seconds or less. You will notice that the router led lights will start blinking. When the router reboots and the led-lights are all on again try to login again. The default username and password will work for sure. 

You have to be aware of one thing when you try to reset your router admin password. Resetting the router back to factory settings will erase all the changes you have made to the router settings so you will have to configure the router from the beginning. This is the reason why you should try everything else before doing this. Resetting the router to factory settings should be considered as a last option. 

Everything said above can be applied to Netgear routers as well since they have the same default password. Of course other router brands can be used because the only difference is in the default IP address and eventually in the admin menu.