Setup a wireless router without a setup disk
Edited by Fritzel Mae Banzon, Lynn
Internet has become a necessity that if we lose our internet connection even for a day, we feel lost, empty, and less entertained. We feel that our connection from the world and what's happening around us is gone, and some people are even losing money (if you have an online job or business) or may be losing a chance of communicating with their loved ones, especially for those who live overseas.
Almost every household has internet access, and a wireless router is one of the key basic components to build a home wireless network. In this article, you can learn how to set up a wireless router without a disk. As they say, installing or reconfiguring a wireless router is very simple. Just follow the manual and insert the disk and you should be good. The truth is, routers do not generally come with disks nowadays, and some people might have lost their installation disks from their old routers, so they can't find it anymore when they need it the most.
Before we begin, let me inform you that this process will take a few minutes to finish, depending on your case. So you need to be patient and have your minds set for the troubleshooting.
Follow these simple steps:
- 1Connect your modem directly to your wireless router.Some of us owns a modem/router all-in-one combo, so you may skip this and proceed to the next step.Advertisement
- 3Look for the router's default IP address (ex.192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1). It usually is located at the bottom or at the back of your wireless router.
- 4On the same spot, look for it's default username and password (ex.UN: admin, Password: password). You may write them down on a piece of paper for accuracy.
- 5On your computer, open up a browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc.).
- 6On the address bar (where you see the http://), type in the default IP address and press "Enter."
- 7It will prompt you to type in the default username and password and select log in.(Both the username and password are case-sensitive.)
- 8Once logged in, look for an option that says Setup Wizard, or anything that would automatically let the router detect your service from your Internet service provider.Select it and allow it to do its job.
- 9For DSL subscribers, please be ready with your PPPoE username and password.This will allow your ISP to authenticate the connection from their end going to your router. It usually is an e-mail address for the username (ex. email@example.com). Some DSL providers have a dynamic or DHCP connection, so it means that a username and password is not needed anymore to authenticate the connection. If you are unsure, please immediately contact your internet service provider.
- 10For cable, fiber optics, and satellite connection, there's no username and password required.Once the router detects that the connection is dynamic or DHCP, just select "Yes" or "Continue" to finish the process.
- 11As soon as it's done, you will be brought back to the same page, or a page where you can see your internet IP address.If it's filled up with numbers (ex. 99.xx.xxx.xx), that means you now have live internet access.
- 12To check, just open up a new tab (Ctrl + T) and search for your favorite website(s).
- 13Go back to the router's setup page and go to wireless settings.
- 14From here, check if your wireless network name and passphrase (password) are all good.You don't need to change anything if they were working before (for old routers) as this might mess up your network, especially if you have many wireless devices that are already connected.
- 15If your router is new, some router manufacturers have already programmed a preset name and password.If you don't like it, you may change both and apply your preferred settings.
- 16Log out and close all the Windows.
- 17Remove the Ethernet cord from your router and computer (Laptop or wireless desktop).
- 19Select the name of your wireless network and type in your wireless password.You may also do this with your other wireless devices. After this, everything should be up and running.Advertisement
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- If you cannot proceed from step 6, try to use a different browser and try again.
- If you cannot proceed from step 7 because it won't take your password, even if you tried too many times, try a different password because you or somebody else might have changed the administrative password of the router.
- If you can't recall what it is, then you need to Hard Reset your router with use of a paper clip or any pointed object that would fit on the reset button at the back of the router.
- Disclaimer: Resetting the router will erase all data that has been stored on the router. If this is brand new, then you won't need to worry about this.
- If you cannot proceed from step 9 for any reason, you can manually input your DSL credentials on the Basic Internet Settings page (or any equivalent term) of the router. Here you can find the boxes where you can manually select PPPoE and the equivalent username and password on the page, and then hit apply or save.
- If you cannot proceed from step 10, go to the Basic Internet Settings page (or any equivalent term) of the router. Make sure you select an option that says your connection does not require a log in. Look for MAC address and try to Mac spoof by selecting use computer MAC address (or any equivalent term) and then select "Apply." These steps may also be applicable to DSL connections that do not require a username and password to authenticate the connection.
- If you encounter the term SSID, it means that it's your wireless network name. This is the WiFi name that's broadcasted by your router.
- Passphrase, Network Key, and Password are just all different names for the same thing.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.