A wireless router is a networking device that acts as a gateway joining your computer and your high-speed modem. It also acts as a wireless access point, allowing your wireless-enabled devices to communicate with it and connect to the Internet wirelessly. In order to set up or change your wireless router’s settings and allow it to communicate with wireless devices, you must first know how to log in to the router’s address.
Open a web browser to access the router’s URL or IP address. If you do not know the address, consult the documentation that came with your router or go to the manufacturer’s website to find the address. There may be multiple addresses you can use.
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Input the router’s username and password. The default username for most routers is “admin” and the default password is “password” or there is no password. If you changed the password or username from the defaults, you must enter those. If you have forgotten your username or password, you will need to follow your manufacturer's directions to reset your router to its factory defaults.
Click the settings menu links you wish to access. There are several links on the wireless router’s main page that allow you to change your router’s settings. These include a link to change your wireless router’s password and to change the SSID (network name), as well as options to set various levels of security to prevent unauthorized access to your wireless network. Any changes you make to your wireless router may affect the ability of your wireless devices to connect to the network and may require that you change their settings to reflect the changes you made to the router.
Save your changes and log out. If you have made any changes to your wireless settings, you must click “Save” or “Apply” before exiting the settings menu. When you have finished making changes, click the “Logout” link. If you leave the page open for more than five minutes, you may be automatically logged out of the wireless router.
Securing your wireless router by changing its encryption settings will prevent others from logging on to your wireless network and using your Internet service.