How to Reconfigure a Wireless Network Setup

By Catherine Johnson

Reconfiguring your wireless network setup can seem intimidating. Whether your want to modify your network name and password, strengthen your network security, or optimize bandwidth, all reconfiguration can be done through your wireless router. As the device that broadcasts your high-speed Internet signal, your router contains all of the configurations that define your computer's wireless access. The router manual should come with all of the information you need to easily access and modify your network settings.

Things You'll Need

  • High speed internet access
  • Wireless router
  • Ethernet cable
  • Computer
  • Web browser

Step 1

Check that your wireless router is attached to your cable or DSL modem correctly. The modem should be connected to the wide area network (WAN) port of the wireless router.

Step 2

Connect your computer to one of the other ports on your wireless router through an Ethernet cable. This will allow your computer to communicate directly with your router's settings.

Step 3

Turn your wireless router off then on again. Wait until all of the diagnostic lights turn on and remain stable.

Step 4

Turn on your computer and open up your web browser. Enter your router's default IP address. This should be available in the router documentation. If you are prompted for a username and password, enter it. This information should also be in your documentation materials. If it is not available, go to the Router Password website, and look up the brand and model of your router. They have default usernames and passwords for most available wireless routers.

Step 5

Reconfigure your wireless network setup on the router's configuration page. Change the network name (SSID), encryption type, or password.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you reconfigure your router settings, you must also change the wireless settings on your computer in order to access the Internet.If you have several floors in your house, experts recommend that you place your wireless router on the middle floor for optimum signal distribution.

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