How to configure a wireless router?

Before, setting up a router was a pretty daunting task. Today, things are very different. First of all, most routers (especially those designed for the home) are wireless. This eliminates the longest and most difficult part of the configuration because you no longer have to worry about laying an Ethernet cable.

Best of all, wireless router manufacturers have simplified the process of configuring their devices. You do not need technical knowledge to install your router or configure your Wi-Fi network. In many cases, you do not even need a computer, you just need a smartphone! With the latest Wi-Fi home full mesh systems, you do not have to look where to install your router because they distribute multiple small access points throughout your home.

This article explains in detail how to install a  wireless router .

Evaluate your Wi-Fi needs

Before you begin this project, it is important to determine your Wi-Fi needs accurately. There are several important factors to consider, including the number of devices that will connect simultaneously, as well as the bandwidth requirements. The size of the area to be covered is also important. For example, do you want your Wi-Fi network to cover your home or extend to your garden?

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If you only need a Wi-Fi network to access the Internet with your smartphone in your apartment, your Wi-Fi needs are pretty simple. If you have a large area to cover, smart devices (such as a thermostat and lights), and if you stream video or play video games online, your Wi-Fi needs are significantly higher.

Choose a wireless router

The next step is to choose a router based on your needs. The current standard for Wi-Fi connectivity is 802.11ac, and it should be your starting point. A router of this type is backward compatible with the 802.11n standard and older standards, but make sure it is a dual-band model that supports the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

If your Wi-Fi needs are modest, a basic 802.11ac router like the TP-LINK Archer C7 router will do just fine.

That being said, today it would be wiser for most people to use a high-performance router or a full house Wi-Fi mesh system. Even if they do not need it now, it will allow them to be ready for future networking needs.

For Wi-Fi coverage in a small or medium-sized home with few obstacles, a single high-performance router is typically used. Today’s tri-band routers, such as the Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 router, offer a combined data rate of 5300 Mbps, providing enough bandwidth for demanding applications like streaming 4K content. They also have MU-MIMO technology to support multiple connected devices. Choose a model with adjustable external antennas to optimize the Wi-Fi signal depending on the location.

Choose the location of the router

Traditional Wi-Fi routers should be placed as close as possible to the center of the coverage area. Moreover, there must be no obstacle. If the router is placed in a corner, basement, closet, or closet, there may be slowdowns or dead spots in some areas of the house.

Connect to your ISP’s modem

Your Internet Service Provider provides you with a modem that connects your home to Internet services. You will need to connect the WAN or Internet port of your router to this modem using an Ethernet cable. You may also need to contact your ISP to put the modem in bridge mode (if you are replacing an existing router connected to the modem, this has already been done).

Configure the router

Setting up a new wireless router is easier than ever. You can configure most routers by connecting them directly to a computer using an Ethernet cable, connecting them to a computer over Wi-Fi, or using a mobile application on a device that connects wirelessly to the router.

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