Wireless networks are an essential part of any home today, with multiple connected devices and companies struggling to get on top of the competition by providing the best routers available on the market.
A router basically allows all your devices to be connected to the internet, from anywhere in the house. You can easily set up one at your home by following the below mentioned steps.
- Purchasing a router can be hard since there are so many various options to choose from, and depending on which feature you prefer most, there are some things that should be kept in mind for example, routers that support 802.11n since it offers the best speed and comes with backward compatibility. This basically means that it supports any type previous to 802.11n.
- Secondly, you will need to connect your modem to the router so that you can share the connection with all your devices. For good results, place the modem close to the router, and connect it to the WAN port on the router. You can also connect close devices using an Ethernet cable for example for consoles and PCs. A router will usually contain several LAN ports for this purpose, through which you can connect cables directly to your device.
- After the device is connected to the network, you can set it up using the router’s web interface to add things such as passwords etc. The default IP is usually mentioned on the router or you can search for it using the model of the router. The most common username is usually Admin and whichever password was provided by the router as default. You can later change this by going to the router’s security settings.
- Enter a name, and add a security key in order to make sure the network is protected. Then other devices can connect to the WiFi using this password. WPA2-PSK is usually the most secure since it’s fairly difficult to infiltrate. Then you can change other settings such as blocked sites, bandwidth control etc.
Other things that need to be taken into account include the location of the router, where it’s centralized and in a position to send signals all over the house with optimized reachability. Also since many routers are differentiated on the basis of physical features, speed and compatibility, you’ll need to spend time in understanding which feature is more important for your needs.