Internet Access Router: Configuration Steps
 


Steps for router connection

  • Connect the Modem to the Internet port of the NETGEAR router and the computer to any of the four LAN ports.
  • Open an Internet Explorer browser and type the router IP address which would be either https://192.168.0.1 or https://192.168.1.1 in the address bar and press Enter.
  • The Login window will prompt for the router configuration username and password.
  • Click Setup Wizard to detect the type of internet connection and click Next.
  • The Setup Wizard will detect the type of Internet connection. For Cable Internet connections, Setup Wizard will detect Dynamic IP.
  • You do not have to change the default settings unless your ISP has given you specific DNS information which must be configured.
  • The router will now save these settings. When complete, you can verify whether you are connected to the internet from the Router Status > Maintenance menu.
  • Verify you have a valid IP address (not-blank / 0.0.0.0) on the Internet Port assigned by your ISP

Procedure for home router

  • Choose a convenient location to begin installing your router such as an open floor space or table. This does not need to be the permanent location of the device. Particularly for wireless routers, you may find it necessary to re-position the unit after installing it as the cables / signals may not reach all areas needed. At the beginning, its better to choose a location where it's easiest to work with the router and worry about final placement later.
  • Plug in the router's electrical power source, then turn on the router by pushing the power button.
  • (Optional) Connect your Internet modem to the router. Most network modems connect via an Ethernet cable but USB connections are becoming increasingly common. The cable plugs into the router jack named "WAN" or "uplink" or "Internet." After connecting the cable, be sure to power cycle (turn off and turn back on) the modem to ensure the router recognizes it.
  • Connect one computer to the router. Even if the router is a wireless model, connect this first computer to the router via a network cable. Using a cable during router installation ensures the maximum reliability of the equipment. Once a wireless router installation is complete, the computer can be changed over to a wireless connection if desired.
  • Open the router's administration tool. From the computer connected to the router, first open your Web browser. Then enter the router's address for network administration in the Web address field and hit return to reach the router's home page.
  • Many routers are reached by either the Web address "https://192.168.1.1" or "https://192.168.0.1" Consult your router's documentation to determine the exact address for your model. Note that you do not need a working Internet connection for this step.
  • Log in to the router. The router's home page will ask you for a username and password. Both are provided in the router's documentation. You should change the router's password for security reasons, but do this after the installation is complete to avoid unnecessary complications during the basic setup.
  • If you want your router to connect to the Internet, you must enter Internet connection information into that section of the router's configuration (exact location varies). If using DSL Internet, you may need to enter the PPPoE username and password. Likewise, if you have been issued a static IP address by your provider (you would need to have requested it), the static IP fields (including network mask and gateway) given to you by the provider must also must be set in the router.
  • If you were using a primary computer or an older network router to connect to the Internet, your provider may require you to update the MAC address of the router with the MAC address of the device you were using previously.
  • If this is a wireless router, change the network name (often called SSID). While the router comes to you with a network name set at the factory, you will never want to use this name on your network.
  • Verify the network connection is working between your one computer and the router. To do this, you must confirmed that the computer has received IP address information from the router.
  • (If applicable) Verify your one computer can connect to the Internet properly. Open your Web browser and visit a few Internet sites.
  • Connect additional computers to the router as needed. If connecting wirelessly, ensure the network name (SSID) of each is computer matches that of the router.
  • Finally, configure additional network security features as desired to guard your systems against Internet attackers.