Router Configuration: How to Guide for Setting Up and Configuring a Router

by Erica Ronchetti


Upon configuring your wireless network, you can enjoy fast internet access, share files, set up a network of printers, and much more.  Configuring your wireless router correctly is easier then you think.The following article discusses routers"�� configuration steps.

Before installing your router and starting the router configuration process, install any necessary or included "��Service Packs"�� associated with your computer, or what has been recommended by your provider to protect against Internet intruders, hackers, and worms and other viruses.These aren"��t always necessary for wireless networking and configuration, but can prove useful for network security. 

Router Configuration Setup List:

Begin by accessing which wireless equipment (or non-wireless) equipment is necessary for routers"�� configuration.This includes any equipment that supports your chosen wireless networking technology, whether it"��s 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g.  We recommend considering 802.11g because of it"��s extended compatibility and great performance.  Choose the correct equipment for your network router.You"��ll need to have the following to begin router configuration and setup.  The first is a broadband Internet connection, by any provider you choose.  The 2nd is a reliable wireless router, and the third is a computer"�"one with existing or built-in wireless networking support.  Most newer computer models and laptops offer this feature.If your computer doesn"��t have this support, there are wireless network adaptors available for purchase.  For PC"��s, choose a PC card-based network adaptor (you"��ll need one for any household or other computers in your network).  If you have a desktop, choose a USB network adaptor.

Routers"�� Configuration Setup Steps:

The first step is to identify your DSL modem (or cable modem) and unplug it and make sure it is off.  Then, connect your modem to the wireless router, and ensure that your modem has Internet connection.  Upon setup, your computer will be able to connect wirelessly to the router, transferring communication through the modem to the Internet.  The next step is router configuration.  Your wireless router should have come with a network cable, with which you can temporarily connect to an open network port (on your router) and to your computer.  This cable should go in an available port that isn"��t meant for Internet, WLAN, or WAN.  You can then turn on your computer"�"your router should automatically connect.  Open a browser and type in the web address necessary for router configuration"�"enter your password (as indicated by the included router instructions), and you"��ll be directed to a router"��s configuration page.  Follow and select all default settings, but ensure that three things are configured:

Name your wireless network:  This name is also known as the SSID, and serves to identify and distinguish your network.Choose a unique name, something you know no one else will.Set up a WEP, or wireless encryption to protect your network.Keep your password or passphrase long and unique.(You won"��t actually have to memorize your WEP).Your administrative password, however, which controls your wireless network should have a password as well.Choose something long, with a combination of symbols, numbers, and letters"�"remember this password in case you"��ll have to change settings after your routers"�� configuration.

Of course, steps will vary depending on which router type you have.After configuration, remember to save all changes, "��apply"��, and "��confirm"�� them.Brands and routers vary in pricing, depending on the aesthetic, quality of manufacturing, technical support offered, and warranty.There is no one excellent brand for network routers.Consult with an IT and networking equipment specialist to ensure you choose the network router best for your business or home network.

Consider buying a network router from a reliable IT and networking equipment store to eliminate any middle-man mark-ups.Equipment professionals are also available for consultation to provide the best IT products for your business, home, or office.

About the Author:
Erica Ronchetti is a freelance writer for DataQDirect, a trusted source for IT and Networking Equipment. DataQDirect maintains proprietary relationships with equipment manufacturers and manufacturer-authorized distributors around the world.Learn more about our selection of affordable networks hubs,network routers and routers configuration by visiting us on the web.