Sunday, 8 May 2016

How to Setup and Configure Your Wireless Router

You may get all excited about getting home a new wireless router.


But, there is more than just plug and play for wireless router. You need to setup and configure your wireless router. One does not require one to hold any master’s in setting up routers. Just some sound knowledge about setting up wireless routers will suffice.

We will show you how to setup and configure your wireless router in the following paragraphs.



Basic Steps to Configure Home Router


New routers come with a manual that contain clear instructions regarding configuring a wireless router. However, we shall make things more simple and clear for you by explaining the basic steps to setup and configure your wireless router.



Once you get your router, you need to connect it to the power supply. Then follow the steps below, which are simple.

  • Switch off your modem’s power supply
  • Remove the Ethernet cable from the computer or laptop
  • Now connect this Ethernet cable to WAN or the Internet port of the router
  • Switch on power on your router and then the modem. Wait for a minute or two.
  • Using another Ethernet cable connect the PC to the router’s LAN port
  • Switch on your PC or Laptop

 Most of the routers are setup by default to use DHCP. This allows the router to assign an IP address to the computer automatically.



You need to enter the default IP address of the router in your browser. The default IP address is usually 198.162.0.1 or 198.162.1.1. The router login screen will appear and you need to enter the username and password. The default username and password will be found on the label printed on the router. Enter that information as username and password.

You will now see the home page of your router. You should select manual configuration for setting up your router. Go to the Web interface or Wi-Fi settings and here you can set up your network name and password.

Here, you will get many options to set your wireless network. Go to SSID and enter your network name. You can personalize your SSID as you wish. Make sure it does not contain any personal information like your birthdate or pet name.

Now, select the Security setting as WPA-PSK & WPA2-PSK. Select WPA encryption as TKIP+AES. Enter the WPA-PSK/Passphrase/Password for your wireless network. Choosing a strong password for your router is very important. Do not use your birthdate, name, spouse name or pet’s name as your password. Use something unique and hard to crack. The password should be at least 8 characters long with maximum 64 characters. Enter uppercase/lower case letters, numbers as well as symbols.

Save your settings by clicking on the Apply/Save button. Wait a few seconds for the settings to be applied on your router. Now, using this new information saved, add new devices to your wireless network.
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Changing the Default Username and Password


After configuring your router, you can change the default username and password. This will secure your router further and prevent any unauthorized changes. Just go to the Administration section and change the username and password. You will be asked to enter your current password and enter the new password twice. Click on Submit button and your changes will be saved. Keep in mind your new username and password as it is very important the next time you wish you login into your router admin account.

This is how you setup and configure your wireless router. It is quite simple to set your router if you follow the steps correctly.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

How to find Wi-Fi Password

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It has been ages since you had entered your Wi-Fi; password to your laptop or mobile phone. Now, that you have a new device, you cannot remember the password to help you connect it to the Internet. Or maybe you have changed your default password and do not seem to remember it. So, how to find Wi-Fi  password?
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Let us find out the solution to this simple problem.

Wi-Fi  password

 

Try Finding the Default Wi-Fi  Password


Many times we do not change the default password and continue using it. Manufactures have their own default passwords and many print them on the device itself.
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Just pickup your device and try locating a label over the device. This label will contain all information related to your default Wi-Fi  network password. Just enter this default password in your device. If you have not changed the default password, then the original password will help you connect the device to your Wi-Fi  network.

If you cannot locate the label on your device, then you may have to look for the manual that comes with it. It will contain the information related to your password.

Try Finding the Password Using the Windows Password Manager




If you already have a PC or laptop connected to your Wi-Fi  network, then it can help you find the Wi-Fi  password. Just look up the password on any Windows computer that is connected or was previously connected to your network.

You need to go to the Network and Sharing Center present in the Control Panel. The simplest way to reach it is by right clocking on the Wireless Network icon found on the taskbar. Click on the Open Network and Sharing Center.

Here, you need to find the name of your Wi-Fi  connection and click on it. Click on the Wireless Properties and your Wi-Fi  Status window will open up. Under the Security tab, you need to click on the box that says Show characters. This will help you uncover your hidden Wi-Fi; password.
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Try Finding the Password from Previously Connected Wi-Fi  Networks


If you had a computer or laptop that was previously connected to your Wi-Fi  network, it can be used to find your Wi-Fi  password. Go to the Network and Sharing Center and click on Manage wireless network. It is found on the left-hand panel of the Network and sharing center.

Here, you will find a list of networks your computer was connected to. Double-click on the name of the Wi-Fi  network, whose password you need to find. A new network properties window will open and you need click on the box that says Show characters. You will be able to see your Wi-Fi  password and use it connect to your new device.

Try Using Your Router Admin Page to Retrieve Your Password


If you know your login details of the router admin page, you can use it to find your password. Enter the default IP address of your router that is 198.162.1.1. Enter your login name and password. Once you gain access to your router admin page, you need to look for ‘Wireless’ or ‘Wi-Fi’ section. Here, you will find Network Key, Passphrase, Pre-Shared Key, or Password. The information written next to it is your Wi-Fi  Password.

These many ways can help you find your Wi-Fi  password. They are very simple methods and can easily give you the forgotten password.