Friday, May 22, 2015

Wireless Setup 101 — a Guide for Configuring Your Router

Setting up a wireless router is the easiest way to ensure all wired and wireless devices in your house enjoy reliable access to high-speed Internet connectivity. Along with support for wireless connectivity, a standard router has three or four LAN ports that allow the Internet connection to be shared with desktops through LAN cables. Hence, , you should know how to set up a router on your own irrespective of whether you are using Tikona’s wirelessbroadband services or a conventional wired connection. Thankfully, this is not a very complicated task, and can be done even if you are not a computer expert.

Once the router is set up, you can start the configuration process by entering the router’s address, user ID, and password into your web browser. Once you are logged in, you will be required to configure the following details.

SSID or Network Name
This will be the name of your wireless network. Choose a unique name so that you can easily identify your personal wireless network amongst all other networks within the range of your smartphone or laptop.

SSID Broadcast
Enabling this feature will ensure your network shows up whenever the mobile or wireless device searches for wireless networks. If this feature is disabled, you will have to manually enter the network details as the wireless network will not be visible to devices.

Choose India or Asia depending on the options available

Choose auto mode to ensure the device selects the right channel automatically. If auto mode is not available, then choose any channel at random. This will not affect your connectivity experience.

For reliable connectivity, it is advisable to opt for the ‘Both b and g mode’.

Security Option
This feature is the digital equivalent to the lock installed on the front door of your house. Set up a strong alphanumeric password to protect your wireless network from unauthorized access. Enabling this feature will ensure devices can connect to your network only after the password has been entered and accepted.

Once the router has been set up, you should configure the Internet or Wide Area Network settings. This involves choosing between dynamic IP, DHCP, or ISP provided IP address.

To ensure you can connect wired devices through LAN cables, specify the IP settings for your Local Area Network. It is advisable to let the DHCP allot IP addresses for all LAN devices for automatic and hassle-free configuration of the Local Area Network.

Once you have entered all these details, restart the router and make sure the configurations remains the same. Once this is done, contacting your service provider or connecting the router to the modern should be enough for you to start enjoying high-speed Internet access.