Setting Up A Home Network
You have just bought a new router, or you have changed operators and have offered yours. With the default options it will surely work without problems, but it will not be the safest, nor the most efficient configuration. We will see how to setting up wireless internet connection on your router correctly.
How To Setup A Wireless Router
Properly configuring Wi-Fi is essential to improve the security of your connection, increase performance, open ports to activate online functions of numerous programs, make video conferences or play multiplayer games.
Nowadays it is easy to change operators, so it is a frequent operation that involves changing the router, because each operator imposes its own. On the other hand, these compromise routers are usually quite basic, so many users replace it with a professional router with functions such as MIMO, more antennas and connections, addressed coverage, and much more.
If you have a new router or have never configured it, we will show you how to set up wireless internet connection on your router correctly.
The first step is to logically access the router configuration. This is done through the Internet browser: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, whichever you want. Start the browser and type as web address: http://192.168.1.1 . If it fails, then enter with: http://192.168.1.2 . You will see a router access screen and ask for your username and password. Look for them on a sticker on the router or in its box or instruction manual. Sometimes admin / admin or admin / 1234 works. In this link you have more information:
Make A Configuration Backup
Before messing with the router, it is a good idea to make a backup of the current configuration, to return to it if any changes do not work, or spoil something.
All routers include this function. They are usually in General Options, Security, or similar.
Update The Firmware
Another good tip to setting up wireless internet connection on your router correctly is to update the router firmware. These updates correct bugs and even add more functions, or unlock things limited by operators. So it is worth checking if there is any firmware update every few months.
If you have bought a router, look for its update on its official website, making sure that it corresponds to your model. If you use one of the operator, you can update it from the configuration itself.
Find an option called Update router or similar in the configuration menu:
You can use the option to update through a file containing the firmware (if you have downloaded it from the web), or directly from the operator.
Change Router Password
The router’s default passwords, both the one that opens access to it and those of pre-installed WiFi networks, are unsecured, and can be easily hacked.
The first step to setting up wireless internet connection on your router correctly is to change these keys.
Access the router through the IP address 192.168.1.1 and enter the username and password you currently have. As we have said it is usually pointed in the manual or on a sticker on the router. If you have not changed them.
You will enter the router configuration menu. Each brand has its own menu and even calls the same things with a different name, so here we will give a generic explanation. If you want a full explanation, go to the router manual or the operator’s user forums or the brand of router you use.
Almost all the menus of the routers usually include tabs to access a quick or basic configuration, and an advanced one. Normally the option to change the router password is usually in Advanced or Administration.
How To Change Wifi Name And Password
It is also important to change the default name and keys of the WiFi networks. Modern routers are dual-band, which means that they generate at least two WiFi networks, one at 2.4 GHz, the classic one, and another at 5 GHz, faster and more powerful, but with less range. It is convenient to connect modern devices (consoles, smartphones) to the 5 GHz network, and leave the other for the rest (old phones and Smart TVs, PCs without 5 GHz WiFi, etc.).
Within the router configuration, we look for the WiFi networks we use. They are usually in a section called Network, Wireless, WiFi, etc.
You will see the name of the network, and its password. Change both:
Check the type of encryption the WiFi network uses. If WEP is marked, change it to WAP or better yet, WAP2. It is much safer.
Save the configuration and restart the router for the change to take effect.
Keep in mind that when changing the name of the WiFi network and the password, you will have to reconnect all the devices that connect to the router, because from now on another WiFi network will be generated with the data you have put.