Setting up your wireless router might seem super complex, but it’s actually much simpler than it ever was, thanks to user-friendly setup options that manufacturers finally included with their routers.
But, if you’ve never done this on your own, here are five tips to help you set up a stable and strong Wi-Fi network:
Check Whether Your ISP Modem Has Router Capabilities
The gateway modem from your ISP often already has built-in router capabilities. These routers are sufficient for most users, but power users might want a more powerful router that can easily handle 4K streaming and heavy downloading or gaming. Make sure you pick an ISP who has good-quality routers. If you wish to use your own router, check whether it’s compatible with your ISPs modem and network settings.
No matter whether you are setting up your own or your ISP’s router, always choose an ISP that offers setup assistance as part of your internet package or at least has self-installation manuals and guides on their website.
Choose the Right Spot
Before you start connecting your new wireless router, think about all the devices you wish to connect to your network. Which devices will require a cable connection, and which will be connected wirelessly?
Ideally, you want to put your router in the middle of your house or apartment and in open space to have even coverage throughout your home. If this setup isn’t possible, always choose to place it closer to the devices that will use the Wi-Fi network to ensure they have the highest signal strength.
Change the Default Password
Log in to your router’s settings by typing in the router IP address. Usually, you will find it printed on the router itself, along with the default username and password. To secure your network, you should change the password immediately to be sure nobody else can access it. Choose a strong password and write it down or save it to a password manager app.
Apply Firmware Updates
You want to check whether your router has any firmware updates. Firmware updates are released on a regular basis from the manufacturer to address any known bugs and security issues. Not applying them puts you at risk as hackers could exploit them to get access to your network and devices. Whenever you see a firmware update is available, download it and apply it.
Set Up Your SSID and Wi-Fi Password
Next, change the name of your Wi-Fi network (SSID – service set identifier), and avoid leaving the default name, as it often indicates the model of your router. This can easily tell others that you have not changed any default settings, making access to your network easy. Choose a name you like, but be aware that everyone in range of your network will also see it.
Set up a password for your Wi-Fi network, and make sure you use the WPA2 encryption. Choose a strong password with upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
Your Wi-Fi network quality depends on the right Wi-Fi router setup. Follow these five tips to ensure your network is safe and has excellent signal throughout your whole home.