How to Install a Router

Level of difficulty: Easy

A router is a kin of device that forwards or transmits data packets along different networks. This device gives the user different advantages. Install a router to accommodate a number of computers in a network and to benefit from the easy access and capability of router-connected computers. Share files, access the Internet, work cooperatively, or play multiplayer games with the help of a router. Utilize wireless technology for the network by using easy to install wireless routers. Avoid laying out wirings and cables.

Materials Needed:
- Wireless Router
- Wireless Network Adapters
- Computer
- Microsoft Windows XP
Step 1
Choose a router with available ports for all the computers to be included in the network. It is preferred to use the 802.11g wireless technology in selecting wireless networking devices for optimum performance. If possible, select network adapters and a router with the same brand. Setting up a network with similar brands is relatively easier.
Step 2
Use the instruction manual or installation CD that accompanies the router. Place the CD on the computer drive but do not connect or turn on the router at this point.
Step 3
Follow the procedures as detailed in the installation CD. Different router models and brands have different but basic setup instructions. Configuration will include entering a Web browser address depending on the manufacturer’s number.
Step 4
Following the installation instructions, connect the router to the computer and modem using the appropriate cables.
Step 5
In connecting the wireless router to the modem, follow the installation instructions. Connect the router to the modem by plugging the cable into the port labeled 'Internet', 'WAN', or 'WLAN' port.
Step 6
With a wireless router, configure the router by temporarily connecting the wireless router to a computer by using a plug from your modem or any available cable. It is important to configure the following settings: the wireless network name or SSID, the wireless encryption privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi protected Access (WPA) by choosing a password and the password for administrative settings.
Step 7
Continue configuration and establish preferred network settings.
Step 8
Remove CD installer from the drive and connect other computers or laptops to the wired or wireless network.
Step 9
Recent models of computers and laptops have built-in wireless network support and can automatically detect existing wireless networks. Follow instructions for installing wireless network adapters for computers or laptops. Note that some network adapters may require a CD for installation. Follow installation directions and test network by using diagnostic procedures as explained in the manual.