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D-Link Router Configuration
An ADSL modem with wireless router is an amazing piece of equipment to say the least. It does three different important tasks. First, it acts as an access point for high speed broadband internet. Next, it functions as a high-speed modem for the internet connection. Last, it also acts as a wireless router with 4 ports. The best part about this modem router is that all the DSL settings are in one place so it connects very quickly to the internet. This makes it possible to download or upload files, pictures, songs, and videos from the Internet from multiple computers. The connection is through a secure gateway, so one doesn't need to worry about the privacy, sensitivity, or confidentiality of the information being shared on the internet.
This wireless modem has other interesting advantages too apart from just providing a gateway to high speed internet. It helps in what is known as load balancing with the Internet traffic. The built in QOS engine ensures that there is no time lag in VoIP phone calls where your phone communication is via the broadband high speed internet connection. Even online gaming is free of any time lag which is essential as disruptions in speed or continuous streaming can take the fun out of it.
Configuring the D-Link router without any assistance from an Internet service provider (ISP) is not rocket science. There are a series of steps that one needs to follow to get the router up and running and to be able to connect to the internet service provider. However, even before you begin the installation, you must check your kit to ensure that you have everything that is required to configure your D-Link router. The kit consists of the router, the installation disk, an Ethernet cable and the power adaptor. Some routers may not need an istallation disk. Other than the disk, it is rare that one of them might be missing. However, if they are, you can ask for a replacement as it is not possible to go ahead with the configuration without one of these components.
First, connect the router to the power supply using the adaptor. If the D-Link router's LED turns on, then the router is in good shape. Unplug the DSL modem and then take the Ethernet cable and plug one side of it into the WAN port of the router. The other end of it goes to the Ethernet port of the modem. After this step, you can plug in the modem which might have a power button of its own too. You must see that the modem light is flashing and the router's WAN port is blinking. This ensures that there is a two way communication possible between the modem and the router. The first step in this is for the modem to send over the IP address to the router.
Once we are through with this, you need to connect your laptop or personal computer with the router with an Ethernet cable, although that wouldn't be required for a wireless router. You then type your default IP address into your web browser address bar (IE, Firefox, etc) and you login to the router with your admin ID and password. Often times, the default router IP is the IP 192.168.0.1 for D-Link and also NetGear routers. So, you would type 192.168.0.1 into your IE, Firefox, etc address bar and hit enter. At the D-link router home page, you need to start a new connection. You are directed to a setup screen where you need to select the bridge type and enter the value in the VCI field. You will also setup timezone at this point. Last, you will need to specify whether you want dynamic or static IP addresses. Dynamic IPs are fine for the average user.
You will next need to setup the wireless connection if you have a wireless router. You can change the default SSID if you would like. This is recommended and if you have a network, you will need to name this the same as your other workgroup IDs. Next, you can save the configuration.
Once you save this configuration, in most cases, you need to restart the router. You can restart the router from the system commands tab on the home page itself.
Next, you will also be able to configure encryption at this point. Make sure you can connect a PC before setting up encryption to make sure everything has gone well to this point. If you have the ability to use the newer WPA encryption, you will want to use this. If you set up encryption, you will have to use your specified encryption key on every computer that you want to connect to the network through the router.
At this point, you should be able to connect to the internet via your new D-Link router.
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