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How to Measure Wireless Router Performance

Does your wireless connection take more time to open webpages than your wired connection? Do you experience a dip in your Wi-Fi network when you shift from your living area to your bedroom? If yes, then this article is meant for you. In this article we’ll be discussing how to measure the performance of a wireless router.

If you are not a techie, this important piece of information is dedicated to you. A router is a device which is used to channelize the flow of traffic between local computers networked together. A network which is connected via Ethernet Cables is referred to as a hard-wired network, while a network created using radio wave networks is called a wireless network. A wireless network is created with the use of wireless router.

Determinants of the performance of a wireless router

Performance of a wireless router depends on two factors viz. signal strength and throughput. Signal strength is the strength of the radio waves at a given point which is at a significant distance from router. In a nutshell Throughput can be defined as the amount of work a computer can do in a given time period.

How to check signal strength?

To check the signal strength it is advisable to install inSSIDer. inSSIDer is a freeware wi-fi network scanner for windows. inSSIDer, when running, notifies you about all the wireless networks present in your periphery including the one you are using. The signal strength is shown under the RSSI column which is updated in real-time. You can walk around with your laptop or any other receiver device and check the signal strength, your wireless router is providing at different locations.

Checking the throughput?

If you are getting the correct signal strength it’s time to check your computer’s performance. To determine the throughput capacity of your computer we recommend you to use Qcheck, a network troubleshooting utility program.

To find your throughput using Qcheck install Qcheck on your computer and Ixia’s Performance endpoint software on another computer. The second computer should use the Ethernet to access the network.  Once both programmes are running enter IP address on your computer and the partner computer i.e. the PC using Ethernet. Then click on the ‘Throughput’ in the options panel and press the Run button to get your throughput results.

The above steps will help you in determining your signal strength and get more out of your wireless router.

How To See if your Wireless Router is Working

The use of wireless routers has increased. There have been advancements in technology related to the number of different devices which can be connected to the router, the connection techniques, and much more. At times it becomes little difficult to troubleshoot wireless problems in case your Internet connection stops working or some other problem. Your devices may show that they are connected to the router but the router might not be functioning properly. It is very important to understand the troubleshooting techniques so that you yourself can fix many problems. In this post I will discuss some basic troubleshooting techniques which you yourself can try before calling any technician for help.

First of all understand the topology of your network. The Internet connection which is coming into your house must be having a modem, that modem must be connected to the wireless router and then the devices must be connected to the router wirelessly. If you have a modem-cum-router then you must not be having a modem, but Internet line would be going into the router directly. Let us see how to narrow down to the cause of the problem and fix it.

Step 1. Check if Internet is working on other computers or not. If it is working then the problem is with only one computer and not with the router, or modem, or the Internet connection itself.

Step 2. If Internet connection is not working on all the computers then the first best thing you can try is to power flee your router. This can be done by disconnecting all the cables from the router, switching it off and leaving it like this for a couple of minutes. Then restart the router and try again.

Step 3. If it still doesn’t work then remove the router and connect one of the computers directly to the modem and see if the Internet connection is actually up till the modem or not. If Internet works this ways then definitely the problem is with the router as it is not able to pass the connection beyond it, and if Internet is not working even at the modem then power flee the modem as well.

Step 4. If power fleeing the modem resolves the problem then it is good enough and you can connect the router again in between, but if not then you need to get in touch with your Internet Service Provider because your modem might need to be reconfigured or your connections status needs to be checked at the server or physical level.

Step 5. In case the modem is working but the router is not then you need to go into the router console and check the wireless LAN and DHCP settings. If you have a static IP assigned to the router then check for the same as well. You might want to reset the wireless router and re-configure it to fix the problem.

How To Recover WEP Key in any Windows® version

WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. As the name speaks it is a security feature in wireless networks to make it as secure as wired networks. Sneaking into wired networks is very difficult because you have to make a direct cable connection with the router to do that, but in wireless networks if proper security measures are not taken then anyone can connect to your wireless router if he or she is within the range of your router. This is the reason why security keys like WAP and WEP are so important and there has been lot of advancement in them since the day they were introduced. WEP works as an authentication media for any computer to connect to the wireless network and if you do not have the WEP key, you cannot connect to the wireless router. This key is stored in the router while configuring the wireless network and is known only by the router admin and other authentic users of the network. But what if you land up in a situation where you forget this key and are not able to connect to your router. If this happens in your office then it is pretty simple because you can ask for the key from your IT department, but if you are at your home where you yourself are the administrator of your wireless network then it will cause problems.

In this post I will deal with the same situation and will let you know how to tackle it and get your WEP key back.

To fix this issue, you would need some extra hardware along with your computer, and that would be an Ethernet cable, long enough to connect your computer and the wireless router together. Please note that WEP works only for the wireless signals and if you connect you computer directly through a cable, then WEP will not at all come into the picture and you can easily connect to the Internet. Let us go into the detailed steps now.

Step 1: Connect your computer with the router using an Ethernet cable.

Step 2: Open Command Prompt. This can be done by opening ‘RUN’ box and executing the ‘CMD’, command depending upon your Windows version.

Step 3: In Command Prompt type and execute the ‘IPCONFIG’ command. This will give you the default gateway of your computer. This default gateway is actually the IP address of your router. Note it down please.

Step 4: Open any web browser and type the default gateway’s IP address in the address bar of the browser. This will take you to the console of the router.

Step 5: Go to the WLAN section in the console and then in to the security settings page.

Step 6: Over here you can easily view the WEP key and can take a note of it.

Now you can close the router console and try connecting your computer wirelessly. Enter the WEP key which you just noted down to connect to the network and that would be all.

How to Find the WEP Keycode on a Computer

Wired Equivalent Privacy, commonly known as WEP, is a security algorithm that is provided to wireless networks, with the intention of providing far better security than a traditional wired network. With its security protocol and configuration, WEP deals in encrypting data between the computers connected through a wireless network and the router. Through the administration interface, a Network Security key comes into being on the router. It is this key that is provided to all the systems that share the Internet connection in the local area network, and it is entered into the wireless settings for the connection to the router.

Instructions to find the WEP Keycode on the computer

Finding the WEP Keycode may not be easy for most of the users who are often not exposed to the wireless settings of a computer. However, following the below instructions can make the task much easier for amateur users.

Step 1: On the desktop screen, click on the ‘start’ button and then select the ‘Control panel’ option.

Step 2: Click the icon that says ‘Network and Sharing Center’. If you have a different version of an Operating System that doesn’t have this option, you can select the option of ‘Network and Internet’ and then choose ‘Network andSharing Center’.

Step 3: On the left hand panel of the screen, click on the link that says ‘Manage wireless networks’.

Step 4: Here you will find a list with names of different connections and you need to double click on that name to which the WEP keycode is assigned.

Step 5: a window will open and you need to click on the ‘Security’ tab which can be there at the top of the window.

Step 6: Then you need to check the box which is there just next to the option of ‘Show characters’, which would result in the display of the WEP key characters.

If checking the box doesn’t show the WEP key code, then you would need to access the router’s settings. For this, you can refer your router’s instruction manual and follow few additional instructions as below.

Step 1: The computer should be connected, with a DSL cable, to any of the ports at the back of the router.

Step 2: Open the web browser (For example, Internet Explorer) and type 192.168.1.1 in the address window, which will bring you to the Login window.

Step 3: Refer your manual for Login instructions. However, if you don’t have the manual, you can enter both the Login name and password as ‘admin’ or enter the Login name as ‘admin’ and leave the password field blank.

Step 4: Once you enter into the configuration page, click on the ‘Wireless’ tab at the top of the window, followed by a click on the tab ‘Wireless Security’.

Step 5: A number of WEP keys would appear, so use the one that is listed as first which is a combination of letters and numbers.

To remember your WEP Keycode in future, you can also make a note of these characters or copy and paste it in an MS Word or notepad file.

How to Find Network Key for a Wireless Router

You might be aware that the network key of your router in order to be able to connect a new computer to your home wireless network. It may be the case that for a long time you have not added a computer to your network or the network was set up so long ago that you cannot remember the network key any more. This is a very common problem faced by the wireless network user. Either you try to retrieve it by some method or if every other methods of retrieving the network key fail, try to create a new network key.

Let me give you some tips on how to get back your network key.To retrieve the forgotten network key, follow the steps given below which are applicable to Linksys router as well as to other brands:

Step 1: Go to the setup page of the router. For this use the computer which is directly wired to the router. To directly connect your computer to the router, you can use an Ethernet cable and connect it to the Ethernet port present on the back of the router. You may find the port labeled as 1,2,3,4. After you have connected your computer to the router, you can access the setup page of your router through your computer. Just open your browser on the computer and type http://192.168.1.1/ ,the default user name and password of the router,(if you have not already change the IP address) in the address bar of the browser and either press Enter button on your keyboard or click on Go. You will be asked to enter the a username and its password. You type your password if you have configured one or simply type Admin. Setup page will be opened.

Step 2: Go to the Wireless Tab at the very top of the router Setup page. Just under the Wireless Tab you will find a Sub tab. Clicking on it will open Security Mode. If you have set your security mode is to WEP (64bit or 128 bit) four sets of keys will be available to you. To be sure as to which key you need, look for the Default Transmit (Tx) Key, If the default transmit key is set to 1, then you will have to use Network key 1 to connect to the wireless network. But if WPA (Personal/Pres-Shared Key/PSK) is your Security mode then you will have to use whatever key is present inside the WPA-shared key or Pass phrase / Personal Key box to connect to your wireless network.

Step 3: After the key is revealed on the screen, you can take a printout for future references. Now you can return to the original computer screen by closing the Linksys screen by clicking on the red present in the upper right hand corner of the computer window.
By following the steps given above you can be sure that you have the got the proper key to connect to your network.

How to lock a Wireless Router

A wireless router when purchased comes unsecure from the factory where it is produced. All its settings are at default and they must be configured and changed to make it less vulnerable from hackers. Otherwise it will allow them to search through your home network and access important and personal data.

Instructions to lock a Wireless router

All wireless routers are different in their setup and configuration. However going through the most common ways will help you set up your wireless security. The following instructions can be used to lock a wireless router:

Step 1: almost all manufacturers provide instruction manuals with the routers. However, if the instruction manual is lost or not provided, the information can be found on the manufacturer’s website. Here we assume that the router is already set up and an Internet connection is in place.

First of all we need to access the routers settings page. It must be noted that the best thing to follow would be to connect through a direct cable connection with your router. This is better than connecting through a wireless connection. For doing this, you need to connect a cat5 cable wire with one end plugged into the computer and the other into an open port in the router. This cable wire is usually supplied with the router. There are several yellow ports on the router and one is labeled with blue. The computer must be connected to the yellow ports and the blue port denotes the one where the cable model or the DSL model plugs in.

Step 2: Once it is made sure that the computer is connected to the Internet, the next step involves going to the router’s set up page. For this, you can open the web browser and type ‘192.168.1.1’ in the address window. This is the default router address however it can be different depending on the manufacturer. The manual should be read before going further. If you don’t have the manual, you can find the default address through the manufacturer’s website.

Step 3: After entering the address in the address window, press Enter. This will take you to a login information screen, asking you to enter a Login name and Password. You can refer to the manual, however, in most cases the default Login name and password is ‘admin’ or Login name as ‘admin’ with the Password field left blank.

Step 4: In the settings page, look for the wireless security tab. In the wireless security settings, you’ll be asked to choose a Security tab. Here the WPA type security is preferable as you just need to enter a password to start accessing the network, without bothering to enter it again the next time.

Step 5: Once the password is chosen and entered, click on ’Save’. This will secure the wireless network. If you want some other users to access the network, you can distribute the same password you had selected.

Letting a hacker take advantage to your unattended router can be dangerous. Simply follow the instructions step by step to lock the router and thereby secure your network.

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