You can quickly setup a network router if you follow these instructions. It’s a good idea for all home computers to be behind a router. This is true even if you only use one computer. Some Internet Service Providers will give you a modem that is a combination router and modem. In most cases, however, you’ll need to go out and buy a D-Link or Linksys router and add it to your network. A router provides several important functions, such as allowing multiple computers to share your Internet connection, by becoming a hardware firewall between your computer and the outside world, and allowing you to log and control when the Internet connection is used.
Quickly Setup A Network Router
You can quickly setup a network router by plugging it into your computer using an Ethernet cable. Depending on the manufacturer, you will open your web browser and type http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1. If neither of these work, consult your router’s documentation.
Routers, just like your computer, will configure itself. This happens because routers are set to receive their information through DHCP from your ISP. This means as soon as the router is turned on, it broadcasts a request for an IP address and receives the necessary information from your ISP. The computers you put behind the router will do the same thing, only they will get their IP address from the router. So as far as the outside world is concerned, the router is the only computer on your network. Through Network Address Translation, the router gives fake IP address to all of your networked devices behind it.
So the only real configuration you need to do with a router is “clone” your PC’s MAC address. You will find this in the router setup after you login to it. Once you clone the MAC address of your PC, you should power cycle the modem and router by powering them down and letting them sit for several minutes. Then power up the modem, wait a few minutes, then power up the router.
Additional Configuration To Setup A Network Router
You can do additional configuration, such as changing the SSID (identification) of the router as well as the default password. If you plan on adding wireless devices, take a moment to setup WPA-2 security. If you have any questions on how to setup a network router, please read our other networking tutorials.