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How to set up a home network router

Home Network Router Set-up Guide

Initial Requirements for Setting up Home Network Router

1. An Internet Connection

An internet connection from your local Internet Service Provider (ISP)

2. A Modem

Modem stands for modulator/demodulator. Modem is a device that connects the Internet from a service provider (ISP) to a computer or to a router, making the Internet available for you.

3. A Router

The router is the central device that all your devices will get connected to. It assigns unique addresses to all your devices can connect to Internet and provides WiFi signal with security.

How to Set Up a Home Network Router

  • Find a good place to set up your home network router like a wide open space on the floor. This doesn’t have to be the permanent spot of the device. Especially for wireless routers, you will probably find it important to re-position the system after installing it since the cables / signals may not reach every place required. At the start, its preferable to pick a spot where it’s easiest to work with the router and be concerned about final position afterwards.
  • Connect the router’s electrical power supply, after that switch on the home network router by pressing the power key.
  • (Optional) Connect your Internet modem to the home network router. Major network modems connect through an Ethernet cable but USB connections have become significantly common. The cable connects the router jack named Wide Area Network (WAN) or uplink or Internet. After connecting the cable, confirm the power cycle (turn off and turn back on) of the modem to ensure the router identifies it.
  • Connect one particular computer to the home network router. Even if the router is a wireless model, connect this primary computer to the router using a network cable. By using a cable during router installation makes sure the maximum dependability of the products. As soon as a wireless router installation is finished, the computer can be changed over to a wireless connection in-case preferred.
  • Configure the home network router. At first open up your Internet Browser, from the computer connected to the router. After that type in the the IP address of the router into the address bar and press Enter/Return to reach the router’s home page. If you can’t find the router’s IP address anywhere, you can do a web search for the router model to see what the default address is. Many routers are reached by possibly the most default IP addresses like “″, “″ or “″. If this is a new installation or new router, determine the default IP address that may be printed on a label affixed to the router or in the documentation. Take note that you don’t require a working Internet connection for this step.
  • Enter your username and password to Login to the home network router To access the configuration page, you are required to enter a legitimate username and password. Both are provided in the router’s documentation. The most typical usernames and passwords are “admin” and “password”. You can change the router’s password after the installation is complete.
  • If you would like your router to connect to the Internet, you need to type in Internet connection details into that part of the router’s configuration (exact location varies). In case you’re using DSL Internet, you might need to type in the PPPoE username and password. Similarly, if you have been given a static IP address by your service provider (you would need to have requested it), the static IP fields (including network mask and gateway) given to you by the service provider must also must also be set in the router.
  • In case you were using a primary computer or an older network router to connect to the Internet, your service provider might need you to update the MAC address of the router with the MAC address of the device you had been using formerly.
  • If the router is a wireless router, change the network name (often called SSID). Enter a unique name for your wireless network. This is what other devices will see when scanning for networks.
  • Authenticate the network connection is working between your computer and the router. To make this happen, you have to verify that the computer has been given an IP address information from the router.
  • (If applicable) Confirm that your computer connects to the Internet properly. Open up your Web browser and visit a few Internet sites such as &
  • Connect more computers or other devices to the router as required. If connecting via wireless network, make sure the network name (SSID) of each is computer/device matches that of the router.
  • Lastly, configure further network security features as wished to protect your systems against Internet hackers.


  • When connecting devices with network cables, be sure each end of the cable connects tightly. Loose cables are one of the most common sources of network setup problems.

What You Need:

  • A network router
  • Network adapters installed on all devices to be connected to the router
  • A working Internet modem (optional)
  • A Web browser installed at least one computer in the network

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