The Internet has become an integral part of our life nowadays and broadband connections become quite common at our homes. But a lot of users are still not aware of the simple techniques to set up a broadband router for first-time use. Most of them think that it requires a lot of technical skills from their side to set up those devices. But the fact is something different. Even the people with less technical knowledge can do this with ease. To make this task even simple for the users, we are here providing the complete process for the initial setup of a broadband router at your homes. Now following these steps you can easily create a home network as per your convenience, and that too without anyone’s support.
What is a router and how does it work?
Routers are the basic networking devices and are capable of deciding how a network should behave. Starting from a small broadband router, you can find extremely high-end routers used in the corporate networks. It is the configuration ability of the routers that decide whether it is an entry level router or a high-end one. The broadband router is basically an entry level router and can be configured through a web browser. IP Addresses are the most important thing that can make any network work in the right way. In the case of the routers also, IP Address plays a very vital role. They can not only use an IP Address for their own but can assign it to all the other devices available in the network.
Whenever you order a broadband connection, in most cases you will be provided with a broadband router by the Internet Service Provider. Otherwise, you can purchase it from the wide range of available broadband routers in the market. To set up a normal home network you are not required to purchase any costly routers. A simple broadband router which is available at an extremely low rate can be used for this purpose. Once you are ready with the router you can follow the below steps to easily set up it as the gateway for your broadband connection.
Steps to setup a new broadband connection
The first step in the process is to connect your broadband modem and router using a LAN cable. While making this connection, make sure that the cable is plugged into the port marked as WAN in your router. Now connect one of your PCs to the broadband router either using a LAN cable or through the Wireless mode. Now checking the IP Address of your PC will display an IP Address that was automatically assigned by the router to your device. You can check this by opening the command prompt in your PC and typing the command “ipconfig” there. From the result, you can see the IP Address of your device and a gateway IP Address as well. The gateway IP corresponds to the one that is of the broadband router. So you are now aware of the broadband router IP Address also.
Ip Address of New Routers :-
Entering the IP Address of the broadband router in a web browser can give you access to the configuration window of the router. In the case of the majority of the routers, its IP address will be 192.168.l.254. So enter this IP Address in your browser and click Enter. Now you will be asked to enter the login id and password. In most cases, both of them will be admin by default. Successful entering of these details opens the homepage of the broadband router where you can see different categories like WAN, LAN, Wireless LAN etc. The WAN corresponds to the internet connection that you are receiving from your ISP. You don’t have to make any changes there as this setting works automatically in sync with the ISP configuration.
In the LAN section, you can set up the IP Address series that you like to use in your network. By default it will be setup by the router manufacturer and probably will be in the 192.168.1.1 series. Also, they setup it to provide IP Addresses automatically to all the devices that connect to it through a feature called DHCP. To increase the network security you can disable this feature. In that case, you need to enter the IP Address manually in your devices. The Wireless LAN section allows you to set the required password for your WiFi network. Apart from these settings, you can keep the remaining configurations unchanged if you don’t want to try the advanced options in the broadband router.