How to Set Up a Wireless Internet Router

by David Lipscomb

Wireless routers offer good coverage and Internet browsing speed, removing the need in most cases for a wired connection. Wireless "N" routers offer performance comparable to a wired connection. However, proper placement of the router, like any wireless device, is critical in ensuring adequate coverage and reliability. After you make your connections and place the router, you can make changes to your network settings as needed.

Connect the Ethernet cable from the jack on your Internet modem to the "Internet" or "WAN/WLAN" Ethernet input on your router.

Plug both devices into AC power. Wait a minute or two for the "Internet" light to stay green.

Place the router in a centralized upper-level position in your residence, preferably on a table or elevated surface.

Access you router's Web page to access its settings. Change the power level settings to the maximum allowed for the best coverage. If you have reduced coverage as power increases, reduce it gradually until you have a solid feed.

Change your router's output channel to 1, 6, or 11. Watch the signal level bars on a laptop or other wireless device to increase or move into the green, indicating an improvement.

Change your wireless security from WEP to WPA. WEP may be the default, but is far easier to defeat than WPA. Save and exit. Restart your hardware if needed.


  • As a general rule of thumb, water and large metal structures are detrimental to Wi-Fi signals. Keep your router away from water heaters, microwave ovens, steel I-beams and walls containing rebar or lathe for the best coverage.
  • Wi-Fi signals offer the best coverage traveling down and across.

Items you will need

  • Broadband Internet modem
  • Ethernet cable

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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