Configuring Wireless Settings on the
Note: If you have a different router, please check the manufacturer’s web site for instructions on setting up wireless capabilities on their device.
To access the Web-based Utility, launch Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator, and enter the Router’s default IP address, 192.168.1.1, in the Address field. Then press Enter.
A password request page, shown below, pops up. (Non-Windows XP users will see a similar screen.) Leave the User Name field blank. Use the default password admin. If you have changed the password previously, use the new password. This is NOT the username and password used to access your email.
The first screen that appears displays the Setup tab:
Click on the “Wireless” tab to display the current wireless configuration settings. Make sure you are in the “Basic Wireless Settings” tab, as shown below.
The “Wireless Network Mode” should be set to Mixed. The “Wireless Network Name,” or SSID is where you set the name of your wireless network. This name will be what you will need to connect to with your laptop or wireless device. The “Wireless Channel” can be left at the default, which is usually CH.6. “Wireless SSID Broadcast,” should be enabled in order for you to have the ability to connect to the wireless network. Click “Save Settings” at the bottom to save your configuration.
Click on the “Wireless Security” tab to show the possible security settings for your wireless router. Select the drop down beside “Security Mode” to enable encryption. Most modern computer can support WPA encryption, so select WPA Personal. For the “WPA Algorithm” select AES. In the box labeled “WPA Shared Key,” you will need to input a simple password for your wireless network. The Group Key Renewal can be left at its default. Click “Save Settings” at the bottom and close your web browser.
Now that your router is setup, you will need to connect to the wireless network with your laptop. Search for the new wireless network with your laptop. Once you try to connect to your network, you will be prompted for a passphrase. The passphrase will be the “WPA Shared Key” that you just setup. Type in the passphrase and click ok. Once your computer receives an IP Address you should be able to access the Internet.