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Configuring router 

Other routers 

Each router has a number of parameters to configure. Though in most cases, several of these parameters remain unused, it is still important to check the basic, security and wireless settings.  

 

First, to configure your router manually, connect the router to your computer.

Once this is done, follow the steps below:

 

A router’s administration pages are usually organized into sections, each dealing with a number of functions: Internet access setup, security setup, wireless setup, microsoftware updates, advanced options and router status.

 

Find the “Configuration” or “Setup” section (see image below). Note that this section can vary depending on your router model.

 

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Once this is done, search for the “Basic Configuration,” “Basic wireless settings” or “Internet” section.

 

If you have a D-Link router, the “Manual Internet Connection Setup” option will be displayed. Select this option.

 

On the “Select Internet Connection Type” page, choose either Dynamic IP Address, Static IP Address, PPPoE or PPTP.

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If a DNS field appears, choose “Automatically assign DNS servers.”  If you don’t have this option, leave the default value in the DNS fields

 

The other options should work with their default values. Unless you’re sure of your decision, do not change them. Click on “Save Settings,” “OK” or “Apply.”

 

 

UPnP

 

In the “Administration” section, under “Advanced Settings,”  find the UPnP option and activate it to facilitate access to the Internet, your software and other network peripherals. If these can support UPnP, they will automatically assign ports in the router without modifications on your part. Click “Save Settings,” “OK” or “Apply.”

 

Example of a Linksys interface
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Example of D-Link interface
 

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Changing the password

 

In the “Administration” section, under “Tools/Admin” or “Password,” change your router password and then click “Save settings,” “OK” or “Apply.”

 

It is important to choose a secure password of at least eight characters, combining letters and numbers. Carefully write it down.

 

Example of a Linksys interface
 
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Make sure that your Internet connection is working by opening a Web browser such as Explorer, Firefox, Opera or Google Chrome. If you are using a router that offers a wireless functionality, move on to the section concerning wireless (WiFi) configuration of your router.

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