Most of the time people have to install a new router, when they change their home or apartment. But sometimes people get frustrated at the time of installation, because it takes half an hour or sometimes more than that. So, here are the instructions to follow to install a new router.
1. Check your Internet Connection
If you're installing your router as part of moving into a new home or apartment, it's all the more important to make sure you have an active internet connection, because you are probably to be setting up your router beside a newly installed or activated internet service.
To check internet status, just connect to your modem or ISP gateway through an Ethernet cable, and connect it directly into your laptop or computer system. When you find your computer is having an internet connection, then you are ready to install a new router.
2. Place the Router
When you unpack the router, see if there is any documentation that's included. Take a look specifically at stickers or slips of paper that may include vital setup information, like the address for the router's web interface, or the default username and password.
Once it is unpacked and collected, you'll need to find a place to install the router. The perfect router position will be in a central location, rather than at one end of the home. Since routers broadcast in all directions, you'll want to put it roughly in the middle of your home to get the best coverage and signal strength.
3. Connect to Power
After powered on, you must see the router's indicator lights activate. A few will blink or change color at the time of the setup process, indicating specific functions and changes, but there should be a light that shows when the router is properly plugged in and turned on.
Wait a minute or two after plugging in the router, as it may take a few moments for it to get up and running.
4. Access the Router's Web Interface
When you have a computer connected to the new router, now would be the right time to set a new network name and password. Furthermore, you'll need to log in to the same web interface to update your firmware, change your security settings and enable your Wi-Fi.
While you're activating the Wi-Fi, you'll also want to choose an encryption protocol for your wireless network. Skip Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) if it's offered, since the standard has been shown to be woefully insecure for at least the last decade. We recommend using Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protection, since it's much more secure.
It's also worth noting that many new routers use a dedicated app for setup. In these cases, you can usually complete the setup without plugging in a PC at all.
5. Connect your PC or Device to Wi-Fi
And when your Wi-Fi network is up and running, you'll want to get the rest of your devices connected. If you haven't done so before, you may want to set a new name and password for the router, and logging onto your new Wi-Fi network will need knowing both the network name and password.