Setting up a broadband router for your WLAN is easy. Most consumer hardware comes with configuration software or wizards that get you up and running in minutes. The process differs among manufacturers, but here are some common steps:
- Record your IP addresses (IP, subnet mask, and default gateway) and any other settings required by your ISP.
- Turn off the power to all of your hardware (modem, PC, and so on).
- Disconnect the modem from your PC, and connect it to your router (usually via an Ethernet cable).
-Connect the router to your AP with an Ethernet cable (unless, of course, your router is an AP).
- Turn on your modem, your PC, and then your router.
- To log into the router and run the setup software, your PC must be set up to acquire an IP address automatically (consult your OS documentation or help files).
When you run the setup software, it may prompt you for your Internet setup information; this is why you wrote it all down before you started. If you're lucky, your router will automatically connect with your modem and retrieve these settings for itself.
Because the setup is different for each make and model of router, make sure mat you carefully review the instructions for your device before you start.