A Personal Computer with a wireless network adapter is all that you want, to set up the wireless routers, along with an internet connection. Other than this, a router-specific software is required and that comes along with the package in a disc or can be downloaded from the router manufacturer’s site.
Setting up a Wireless Router in Windows PC
- Using an Ethernet cable, connect the wireless router to the modem.
- Also, connect the router to the power.
- A network icon will be seen in the notification area. Click on that icon and the list of available wireless network will be shown.
- Select the network name that that will be the same as that of the router manufacturer’s.
The process is simple to set in the Windows PCs but some wireless routers might need some more procedure to get it done. In that case follow the below steps.
Setting up the Wireless Router with a Setup Software
- The wireless should not be connected to either of the modem, computer or power source.
- Insert the provided CD that came as part of the router package and run the software from the disc. If there is no disc, then you can download the software from the router manufacturer’s website
- Follow the instructions as in the software. It might instruct you to connect the modem, PC and other components and will also ask you to connect the wireless router to the PC through cable.
If problem occurs at this point, then the set up can be completed only in manual mode.
- Connect the modem and the wireless router using an Ethernet cable.
- Connect the power source to the wireless router.
- When the router is operational, connect it to the PC using Ethernet cable.
- Open the router’s web interface and enter the IP address of the router. The IP address will be listed in the router’s documentation. If not, make use of the common IP address used by many of the routers – http://192.168.0.1, http://192.168.1.1, http://192.168.2.1
- There will be a default username and password as per the router’s documentation and you can enter them in the site.
- Set up the username and password using the web interface.
- Disconnect the wireless router from the PC and then reconnect it as wireless.
Passwords are a ‘must’ to protect your network. If not provided, unauthorized people will steal your data and bandwidth.