A wireless router broadcasts radio signals containing packets of data to computers within range. You can plug a wireless router into a broadband modem to create a wireless network capable of sharing Internet service with connected devices. While setting up the hardware itself is essentially the same from router to router, the network settings configuration for a D-Link is different from that of other brands. After connecting the router and modem to one another, log in to the D-Link router from a Web browser to set up the Wi-Fi network.
Disconnect the modem from its power adapter. Connect an Ethernet cable to the modem.
Plug the other end of the cable into the "Internet" port on the back of the wireless router.
Connect the computer to a LAN port on the D-Link. Connect the modem and the router to a power outlet.
Navigate to the address "http://192.168.0.1" or "http://dlinkrouter" in a Web browser to access the setup wizard.
Choose your connection type from the options. Most Ethernet connections use DHCP. Click "Connect."
Enter the username and password for your Internet service into the appropriate fields or fill in the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway Address and Primary DNS Server fields, if applicable.
Click "Connect" to set up the network on the D-Link.
Choose "Configure" from under Wireless Settings. Click "Wireless Connection Setup Wizard." Click "Next."
Enter a name for the network into the Wireless Network Name (SSID) field and then choose "Automatically Assign a Network Key" from the options.
Select "Use WPA Encryption Instead of WEP," for the best security, and then click "Next." Write down the security password shown on-screen and store the password in a secure location.
Click "Save" to finish configuring the router. After the router automatically reboots, disconnect the router's Ethernet connection from the computer if desired.
- You need to obtain information about your Internet's connection type, account credentials and static IP configuration from your Internet service provider.
- If devices within range are unable to access the Internet after connecting to the network, confirm that the modem is connected to a coaxial cable and that the cable is connected to a working outlet.
- Configuration steps may vary depending on the model and age of the router. On some models, for example, you may need to click "Next" to move from screen to screen when using the initial setup wizard.
- Failing to secure a wireless network may allow others to access the network without permission.
Items you will need
- Ethernet cables
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