D-Link Router Setup

| July 31, 2009

Installing Your New D-Link Router

Before you begin any installation project, always make sure you have all of the parts that are supposed to be in the box. Normally, you will have the router, an installation disk, an Ethernet cable and a power adapter for the router. If anything is missing, be sure to return the router and get a replacement.

D-link router setup

D-Link Router Setup- Courtesy D-Link

To begin, plug the router into the wall using the power adapter that came with it. You should see the D-link’s Power LED turn on. You’ll next want to make sure your cable or DSL modem is unplugged. Next, you will take the Ethernet cable that came with your D-Link router and plug that into the WAN port in the back of the unit. The other end of the cable will go directly to the modem’s Ethernet port.

Power up both the cable or DSL modem and the router by plugging them back in. The modem may have a power button you need to press. Both units should have green lights. You should see the activity light on the modem flashing, and the WAN port on the router blinking, as well. This indicated activity and communication between the two. The modem is sending IP information to the router.

Depending on your computer and router, you may automatically be able to connect wirelessly to yuor new router to begin configuration. However, it may be necessary to patch into the router with a nearby computer via an Ethernet cable, which will plug into the LAN port. Whichever method you use, you’ll need to reboot the computer.

To configure the D-Link router, you will next need to open a web browser and type http://192.168.0.1

You should see the administration screen of the D-link router. Type in admin and leave the password filed blank.

d-link router setup

A setup wizard should appear, prompting you to first change the router’s password. Pick something you can remember.

You will next have to setup a time zone, you will then be given option as to how the router will handle IP address on the network. Most users will opt for the Dynamic option, which means the router will act as a DHCP server and supply all computers on the network with an IP address. If you select DHCP, you will need to Clone the IP address of the machine your ISP has already had contact with. For instance, if your ISP has been giving IP address to a certain computer before you put the router between them, you will need to clone the MAC address of that machine.

If you opted for Static IP Addresses, you will be brought to a screen that you will need to contact the ISP to get IP numbers from.

You will next need to setup the wireless connection. You will change the default SSID to match the workgroup ID of your LAN computers. The SSID and the Workgroup IDs must match. You will also be able to configure encryption at this point. If you have the ability to use the newer WPA encryption, you will want to use this. But we don’t recommend setting up encryption until you confirm that all PCs are able to connect properly.

Lastly, you will be asked to reboot the router.

Terms:

Router: Networking device that routs traffic to a specific node on the network usually serves as a gateway to the Internet.

LAN: Local Area Networks are generally comprised of Ethernet (wired) or WiFi (wireless) devices in a home of small office. A LAN can be as little as a couple of PCs or numerous switches and routers.

SSID: When you’re sitting in Starbucks sipping your double Espresso, you can flip open your laptop and hit VIEW WIRELESS NETWORKS and blamo! you see the network and you’re surfing the Web. The router at Starbucks is broadcasting its SSID. This is a problem for numerous reasons. This is an Open network, so you may as well have someone snooping over your shoulder as you type. Someone using packet sniffing software can easily capture your passwords and Emails as they float above you invisibly.

Category: Networking

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  1. GINNY CORDERO says:

    I HAVE THE D-LINK ROUTER AND FOLLOWED ALL INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CD DISK. MY PROBLEM CAME AT THE END WHEN I NEEDED A 25 CHARACTER CODE IN ORDER TO GET THE INSTALLATION COMPLETE.
    I DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET THIS AS I LOST THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET.

    802.11g/2.4GHz Wireless Router

    I HAVE MODEL DI-524 FCC ID:KA2D152401
    P/N:B1524ANA..D1
    S/N:F30P25A049495
    MAC ID:001346D6B287

    I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME.
    THANKS,
    GINNY CORDERO
    GINNYCOR@AOL.COM

    • Dave Dave says:

      If this is the first time you are setting the router up, it is probably asking for a WPA or WEP encryption key. You need to put one in on the router, then put that key in on your wireless devices when they try to connect. If you need to start this whole process over, there should be a tiny red reset button on the back of the router.

  2. kimwell says:

    after i have installed my router “d-link 300″. when i check my internet status. im connected. but i cant use the internet. i finished the set up page. but still no access to the internet. is the time zone important???. pls help.

    • Dave Dave says:

      There could be several reasons. Make sure you are getting an IP address from the router. If the router is setup as a DHCP server, it should provide computers connected to it with an IP address. On the PC, go to START, run and type cmd and hit OK. Type ipconfig /all and hit Enter. Your computer’s IP address should be something like 192.168.1.2 and not 169.x.x.x

      You should probably post on our forums at http://www.pctechbytes.net/forums/ as it is easier to provide support.

  3. veronica says:

    hi! thank you so much for sharing this info! i’ve tried it and it worked!!!! again, thank you!! Godspeed!

  4. terry says:

    want to send my router signel to my secon computer please help regards terry

    • Dave Dave says:

      Terry. Is the second computer capable of wireless? If not, you’ll need to add a USB wifi adapter. Let us know more about your setup and we’ll help.

  5. Hi Dave,
    Not sure if this is where I can ask for your assistance. I have a D-Link 615 router connected to my Dell desktop that was working fine until a couple of weeks ago when my laptop can no longer access the internet wirelessly. I lost my paasword, the manual and the inslallation CD for the router. How can I re-install without the original information that came with the box? Even if “reset” to factory settings how do I set up again? Thank for your assistance.

    • Dave Dave says:

      Make sure wifi access has not been accidentally shut off with a FN key or hidden switch. I have seen that a lot. If you can “see” the router but cannot connect because you forgot the password, you can rest the router, then reboot the PC and it should see the router and connect again. You will want to go back into the router via your web browser and setup a password again, however, after everything is working.

  6. haim vaknin says:

    Hi
    I have Router D-LINK 524
    I need the WEP key of my Router
    Please help!

    Regards

    Haim Vaknin

  7. Dave Dave says:

    Smit, as long as you can login to the router, look for the DNS Settings and put the DNS settings in for the new ISP. You might need to contact someone there. OR, whci is preferred, just set the router to obtain these settings automatically, save then exit, and then unplug the router, wait a few minutes and plug it in. I suspect the router is configured “statically” with the settings from the old ISP. Make it automatic and you should be fine after the reboot.

  8. Leon Willier says:

    I do not have the set-up CD for my D-Link WBR-2310 and I need help to set it up to mt dell laptop. I don’t know where to go so someone can guide me to set it up. I have tried everything, when I type 192.168.0.1 into my address bar it says that the site has timed out EVERY TIME

    • Dave Dave says:

      Are you plugging in the laptop to the router? The first time you set it up, you have to physically plug into it. Do this, then reboot your laptop. You should then be able to access it.

  9. Mike says:

    My Router was working fine at home, but I want to use it at my girlfriends house. Problem is that I don’t have the setup disk anymore, what do I do now?
    P.s my computer knowledge is limited

  10. kanwal says:

    I have a D-link wireless n router (DIR-615),
    I’m not sure how to configure the router so that i could access the network from my laptop. On my laptop, it shows the router and asks for username, password and login domain.

    For some reason, when i plug the wall power adapter to the router, the network becomes disconnected. Is that suppose to happen?

    • Dave Dave says:

      You’re saying when you plug the router in, it becomes disconnected? I recommend you sign-up on our message boards at http://www.pctechbytes.net/forums/ so we can help you more.

      This seems like a problem with a wireless password that was setup. You can go into the router and reset the WPA password and then you’ll know it.

  11. Dave Dave says:

    Look on your laptop for a button or switch that turns on the WiFi. It’s VERY easy to accidentally turn your wireless off. It might be a switch, a button or a function key. You may need to read your laptop manual to find it.

  12. Charity says:

    I’m having problems connecting to the internet with my D-Link router EBR-2310 (it is not wireless). It was working fine until I replaced the modem which stopped working with a new one. The new modem uses ip address 192.168.1.254 and it is not syncing with the router. My previous modem/router was using 192.168.0.1. I have tried to manually configure the address to no avail.
    How do I get the router to work with the new modem, is there anything special I need to do for them to sync up?
    Thanks in advance for the help.

    • Dave Dave says:

      Sounds like the modem IS a router. Does the modem have multiple ports in the back? If so, you do not need to use the router. But if you want to use it, make sure the router is in Passive mode, which means it uses the gateway of 192.168.1.254 and does now act as a DHCP server. This basically turns the router into a hub.

  13. Charity says:

    @Dave,
    No the modem doesn’t have multiple ports in the back. I can connect to the internet with the modem but once I hook up the router it doesn’t connect.

    Thanks again
    Charity

  14. Gunjan Mukherjee says:

    Hi,

    I am using D-Link GLB-502T (ADSl2+ Router) and it is connected with my desktop PC and working fine.

    But now I want to add one wareless Router for WiFi/ wareless connection with my other two laptop. Which Router would be compatible with my D-Link GLB-502T ? I am planning to purchase D-Link G Router DIR 300 OR Netgear Wirless G54 Router WG R614..
    Please help me and also inform me how to configure..

    Dr G Mukherjee