Reconfiguration of your wireless network can be tiring as well as frustrating. However, it is essential to protect the system against unwanted intruders and hackers. All reconfiguration of the wireless setup can be done through the router. This may not only include modifying the network name and password but also help in optimizing the bandwidth to strengthen the network security. Router is the device that broadcasts your high-speed Internet signal and contains all the configurations that define the wireless access of the computer. For easy access and modification of the network settings, the router comes with an instruction manual.
Instructions to Reconfigure a Wireless Network Setup
Reconfiguration of the wireless setup requires the following steps to be followed.
Step 1: It must be ensured that the wireless router is attached to the DSL model or the cable correctly. The Wide Area network or the WAN port of the wireless router must be properly connected to the modem.
Step 2: The computer must then be connected to one of the other ports on the wireless router through an Ethernet cable. It will enable the computer to communicate directly with the router’s settings.
Step 3: Turn off the wireless router.turn it on again after few seconds and wait until all the lights on in turn on and remain stable.
Step 4: Switch on the computer and open the web browser (Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer etc). Click on the address window at the top of the screen. Enter the IP Address as 192.168.1.1, which is the default router address for all routers unless stated otherwise in the instructions manual. If you lost the manual or it wasn’t able with the router when it was bought, there are a few other ways through which the information can be found out. You can contact the manufacturer or go to the manufacturer’s website to look for the correct IP Address of the specific router. Alternatively you can also log in to ‘www.routerpasswords.com’ to look up the model and brand of your router. Otherwise, you can also google the name of the router and there are many websites who can provide you with the information. Another way to find out the default Address is by clicking on the start button. Then click on ‘Run’ and in type ‘cmd’ in the space provided. A new window will open and you can find the Address corresponding to ‘Default gateway’.
Step 5: Enter the IP Address in the address bar and hit Enter to go to the Login page. The default ID and Password needs to be entered as ‘admin’ unless stated otherwise in the manual. This takes you to the router’s configuration page.
Step 6: On this page, you can access the wireless network setup and thereby change the network name (SSID), password or encryption type.
If you want other trustworthy individuals to gain access to the network and use the Internet, you can share the password with them too. However, one must be careful in this respect as a computer system is quite vulnerable to hackers and harmful content.