Common Steps to Setup a Home Network
Choose a proper location to place your router
Choose a convenient location to install your router. The place should have enough space. You can place it on the floor space or a table. Do not cover the router with other stuffs since it may get the router over heat. If your router is a wireless one, make sure that it is placed at the central of your house and try to reduce the walls that the signal need to penetrate. Also, keep it away from microwaves, as when on they will disrupt your wireless signal if you’re using a wireless router’s WiFi network, as whether you’re on cheeky bingo or watching videos on YouTube, you may find that it will slow down or cut out completely when the microwave is heating something up.
Start your router
Plug in the electrical power, and press the start button if it has one.
Connect your router to internet
Plug cable from your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to the WAN jack of the router. If your are connecting via a modem, make sure the modem is connected between the ISP and the WAN jack, and start the modem.
Connect computer to the router
Connect the computer to one of the LAN jacks. Even if you are using wireless router, this step is mandatory since the router�s initial settings can only be changed by a computer physically connect to it.
Configure your computer’s adapter settings
Open Network and Sharing Center and click Change adapter settings
Double click the connection you want to configure
Double click Internet Protocol Version 4 TCP/IPv4)
Set IP address to 192.168.1.2 (Note, your router may have different default settings, if it doesn’t work, also try with 192.168.0.2)
Set Subnet mask to 255.255.255.0
Set Default gateway to 192.168.1.1 (or 192.168.0.1)
Test your configuration with Ping command
Open up command line window by launching cmd.exe from the start menu
Run command Ping 192.168.1.1 and you should get something like
Configure router via the administration web site
Connect to http://192.168.1.1 with your web browser. Fill in the user name and password. You should find them printed on a label attached to the router. If, unfortunately the label is missing, you may try the following user name password pairs
The detailed configuration may vary from one brand to another. But generally you need to cover these configurations
Fill in user name and password your ISP issued to you
Enable DHCP server
Specify the security mechanisms
Change your computer’s IP settings to Obtain an IP address automatically
Finally, connect more computers
Congratulations! You are ready to surf on the internet!