Routers have now given way to wireless routers that perform the multiple functions of a router as well as a wireless access point. Precisely, they are now used to allow Internet connectivity without the need of a cable connection.
With Trendnet Wireless Routers, the advantages are many as setup and configuration are fairly simple and minimal. In just a matter of few minutes, high speed Internet access starts getting shared among multiple PCs. These routers also offer other remarkable functions like firewalls and boast of advanced user functions built into them.
Installation of a Trendnet Wireless Router
Installing the Trendnet Wireless Router comes without any hassles involved. It is very similar to other consumer friendly wireless routers and there’s no requirement of any additional software. All is required are few steps and instructions that need to be followed.
Step 1: First of all, fix one end of the network cable into the Ethernet port on the cable or DSM modem. Then fix the other end on the back of the Trendnet router, into the port labeled WAN.
Step 2: The second network cable then needs to be connected to the computer’s Ethernet port. The other end is to be plugged into any of the LAN ports on the back of the router. These ports are labeled as 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Step 3: If one’s using Windows XP, access the control panel and then open ‘Network Connections’. Then right click on ‘Local Area connection’. Whereas if one’s using Windows Vista, access the control panel first. Open the ‘Network & Sharing Center’ option and then open ‘Manage Network Connections’. Right click on your ‘Local area Connection’ then. ‘Properties’ from the menu option is selected and it is made sure that ‘Internet Protocol’ or ‘Internet Protocol version 4’ is checked. Highlight and select the ‘Properties’ button. In the window that appears, the Windows Internet Protocol Properties should be set to ‘Obtain IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS Automatically’.
Step 4: Open the web browser and type 192.168.10.1 in the address window. Then enter the username and password as ‘admin’. Then click on ‘Login’.
Step 5: On the Function menu that appears, click the Wizard button. Complete the steps and restart the router to apply the router configuration settings.
Step 6: Once the router is restarted, return to the Function menu as described in the previous steps. This is done to apply wireless security settings. The authentication type and pass-phrases should be written down.
Step 7: Access the Control Panel again. Select ‘Network Setup Wizard’ on Windows XP or ‘Network and Sharing Center’ on Vista. Then select ‘Setup a Connection or Network’ wizard in order to connect the router. Then the pass-phrases and security keys are applied to computers sharing the network.
The above steps bring to light the multiple advantages of the Trendnet Wireless Router. It has the convenience of the wireless network and the security of a wired network at the same time. It provides access to the Internet and allows sharing resources within the broadcast range of the router.