Do you want to set up your wireless router but do not know where to start? You are not alone. This can be confusing. Due to the range of cables, ports and other components, most people scratch their heads. To make it all harder, each router is different, and the specific steps for setting up depend on your model. However, the general steps in this guide can help you clarify things. They apply to most routers on the market today and can also help if you try to set up a used router.
Quick Note: This tutorial assumes that you set a wireless router as the primary router in your home. We assume that you already have a modem – whether it is cable, fiber optic or DSL ̵
1; that is set up and working properly. Finally, we assume that you have a laptop with an Ethernet port, or that you are setting up a wireless router with a desktop. Let's get started with these comments.
Step 1: connect your router to your modem
Do not plug your router in yet. Instead, the first thing you will do is connect your modem to the WAN port, with an Ethernet cable.
Bill Roberson / Digital Trends  Not sure what the WAN port is? Most consumer routers have a group of Ethernet ports, several of which are referred to as the local area network (LAN) and another to the wide area network (WAN). The WAN port looks the same as the LAN ports, but is often of a different color and remote from each other. For example, in the photo above, the WAN port is yellow and indicated with & # 39; Internet & # 39 ;. Sometimes it is indicated with & # 39; WAN & # 39 ;. This port is intended to connect your router to the modem and the outside world from there. The LAN ports are intended for connection to local devices.
Connect an Ethernet cable to your modem and the other end to the router's WAN port. Then connect the power adapter of your router to the wall.
Step 2: Download the app and connect
Give your router a minute to start up and network. In the meantime (if another connection option is available), download the app that is linked to the manufacturer of your modem. Today's modems can usually be set by a mobile app that automatically guides you through the installation process. It is the most effective method, but you must ensure that you choose the right app. Linksys has its own installation and management app. Netgear uses the Nighthawk app. Google has its own setup app. Instructions for the app to use must be in your manual.
Now connect to your latent WiFi network. This is usually a simple process: go to the settings on your phone or computer and choose the Wi-Fi / network option (Google just lets you scan a QR code, so this process may vary slightly). Find the name of your router here: your router must have a standard SSID name printed on the back of the router, along with the standard network key. Use the key to log in to the network.
Start a connection with the router management app to start the installation!
Alternative method : If your router does not have an app, connect a computer manually to the router using an Ethernet cable. Once you are connected, go to the configuration page of your router. This is actually a website that is hosted on your router and it is a traditional way to configure your router's settings. How to find it may vary, but it almost always means that you type 192.168.1.1 into the address bar of your preferred browser and then press Enter .