First you have to find
out what to type in the address bar of your Internet
Explorer browser. The address bar is the area you type
in the website you want to visit. Depending on the brand
of your router, you will type in one of the following:
Note:Some DSL companies will use an ip address that
uses the same first three numbers..., i.e. 192.168.1.....
and you will need to change the LAN IP address of your
router. Please refer to your router's manual for this.
Also, some DSL companies in rural areas use Static IP
addresses. I know what you're thinking - how that heck
am I supposed to know this? Call your DSL provider and
ask them for the settings that you need.
"Submit" and leave blank
After you type this in,
there should be a box that pops up and asks you for
a username and password. If the router you are using
has been used before, these may have been changed. If
that is the case and you don’t know the username
and password, then consult your user manual on how to
totally reset everything to factory default in your
router. This is usually done by holding a reset button
down for about a minute somewhere on the router.
Now that you’re
seeing your router’s settings in the browser (yes,
it looks like you are on the internet, but you’re
not – yet), adjust the time to your time zone
in the router first and hit Apply or Save depending
on the choice the router’s manufacturer has given
Next, find the wireless
settings (yes, I know that there are a lot of things
to look at and you may be intimidated, but keep going)
and look for the box that says SSID:
That box probably is
filled in with the name of the manufacturer of your
wireless router. It is highly suggested to change the
name of this to anything you like. You can put your
family name in here or anything else that may be to
your liking. This SSID is the name of your network.
It is the name your laptop will be searching for to
connect to when we configure it later. I don’t
want to get you overloaded by telling you what SSID
because it really doesn’t matter. Just know it’s
the name that your wireless router is broadcasting throughout
your house and possibly your neighborhood to identify
Now that you have a name
of your network, we need to secure it so your neighbors
cannot use your bandwidth and slow down your internet,
or even worse, hack into all of your computers connected
to your network in your house. This is easy to do also
and just takes a second.
Look for the Security
Settings in your wireless router setup menu.
There will be different options but lets just do this
the easy way and select WPA Personal
TKIP. It may also read WPA
PSK or WPA PSK TKIP.
When you select this
choice, it will ask for a passphrase. It is very important
to remember this passphrase for just a minute because
this is what you’ll have to type in when you connect
to your wireless network for the first time. If there
is an Apply or Save button, press it after you have
typed your passphrase.
Now that you have this
passphrase and have saved it, click the X in the upper
right-hand corner close the screen.
You are almost finished!
We have to do a couple of things before we connect the
PC to the internet.