Home WiFi router basic setup

Well, is there any advance setup? Maybe there are some options called advanced, but essentially they are not. There is only few steps in WiFi router basic setup.

Every home or SOHO router have WAN port. Connect your Internet to this port. Then connect your PC or laptop to router LAN port. Most of home routers have 4 ethernet ports. Also, router by default, has built in IP address. For this tutorial I used few years old Tenda router (I think it`s manufactured in China) and it has  IP address 192.168.0.1. Since it is web manageable, start your browser and in the address bar type 192.168.0.1 (Slide 1.) .

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 1.

You will be prompt for user and password and by default on almost every home router user is admin and pass is admin too.

Then first configure SSID (Service Set Identifier). Some router can be configured with more then one SSID (Slide 2). Type something well known to you. My advice is to select AP isolation, because it will prevent device from viewing each other on wireless network. Leave other setting by default.

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 2.

Under Security use WPA 2 – Personal option and configure pre-shared key or if you like more password with which you will be authenticated on your SSID. You have to select encryption algorithm. Depending on router there can be few options, such as 3DES, AES or AES256. use the strongest, probably AES256  (Slide 3 & Slide 4.).

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 3.

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 4.

Now we will deal with DHCP. You have it already configured, but you can define range of IP addresses to lease or you can leave it by default. Only question is IP address lease time. If you are using this router for your home environment 1 day or even more, but if you have small restaurant or coffee bar 2 hours is top (Slide 5.).

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 5.

Next configuration set is optional. You can configure DNS, although you will receive parameters from your ISP or you can configure some open DNS addresses as I did (Slide 6.).

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 6.

Last parameter that you have to change is login credentials. Change your admin/admin credentials to something meaningful to you (Slide 7.).

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 7.

Now you can use your WiFi NIC to connect to your router as I did (Slide 8).

Home WiFi router basic setup

Slide 8.

I hope that this tutorial was informative to you and thank you for visiting this website.

Dejan Dzodan

Dejan Dzodan

IT professional for more then 15 years, mostly in financial institutions but with experience in ISP and retail. Proven in networking and overall infrastructure projects. Cisco instructor.

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