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Router Initial Setup FAQ

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After reading this FAQ, you’ll have a good idea of, what is a router, how to use it to full effect, and how to set one up properly.

What is a router?

When was the last time when you connect to the internet through any hardware? A router is an essential piece in your internet setup. Let us tell you what a router is and give you some fundamental tips for using it. The router plays the role of the central node in your home network. Routers are nodes that make up a network of computers like the internet. The router plays the role of information manager between all the devices that go online (devices that are connected to the router) and the internet. We can say routers get traffic from the internet and direct this information toward a specific destination. Through the router, we secure our home network from malicious online attacks. ×
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What Does A Router Do?

Your router handles network traffic, i.e., directs and stops traffic. For example, to view this article, data packages for this coding have to first go through our server, then through various nodes on the internet that comes in the path, and then through your router to your devices like computer or phone. Then it’s the responsibility of the router to decodes those data packages to display the article. Since there is more than one device in your home network that connects to the internet, therefore, you need to router to manage the incoming signals of the network. The router uses the MAC address of your devices to handle this communication. Every device has a unique MAC address in your home network. Also, a router has a unique external IP address to receive data packages from servers worldwide. In easy wording, when you request some information online, it’s the responsibility of your router to keep track of which device requested information from where. Using this information, your router directs information toward the right recipient. ×
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What is the Difference Between Routers and Modems?

A modem converts the proprietary network signal of your internet service provider (ISP) into a standard network signal. In theory, you can use the same delivery root, or you can choose between multiple ISPs. It’s the responsibility of the modem to choose which signal to read and translate. How you’re connecting to the internet is depends on the kind of modem your ISP provides you. For example, a cable or fibre-optic broadband modem requires different technology than a DSL modem. That’s because one uses a coaxial or a fibre optic cable while others use the copper wiring of your telephone line. The DSL modem has to read and filter both the high frequencies and low frequencies of the internet data that produce data and phone voice. On the other hand, cable modems have to differentiate between internet signals and television, which are transmitted to different channels of the network, rather than different frequencies. And in the end, fibre optics uses pulses of light to transmit information. The modem works to decode these signals into standard data packages. The router can distribute data packages to the target device once the modem turns the ISP’s network signal into data packages. ×
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How to use a router?

Until you start having issues with your network, a router is a set-and-forget kind of device. At the point of issues with the network, the router becomes an essential part of troubleshooting. ×
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Do I need a router and a modem?

Yes and No. Nowadays, many modems are also working as a router. So, you do not need both. If your modem not supports, then you need two separate devices. You can get three functions in one single device because, typically, these devices act as Wi-Fi routers. ×
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How to set up a router?

We usually don’t interrupt our router settings when they start running correctly, as the router is a plug-and-play device. However, we also know that router is a security device. Hence it’s essential to configure the router manually. We recommend changing your router default credentials for the sake of security purpose, setting a strong wireless password, and turning off WPS. You should also change your default SSID name and password, use a robust wireless encryption standard, and disable remote administration. We will address these steps below but also covered some above. ×
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How To Access A Router?

To configure the setting of your router, you need to create a wired connection between your router and computer. You can connect by using Ethernet LAN cable or Wi-Fi. After successfully establishing the physical connection, open your browser (chrome, safari, etc.) and enter the IP address of your router. Usually, the default IP address of most Wi-Fi routers is 192.168.1.1. Your router credentials and IP address are generally printed on the backside. After putting the right address in the address bar, you’ll see a login screen. Then you’ve to enter your router default credentials into it. ×
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What is the IP Address of my router?

From your Windows computer, open the command prompt by pressing window + R and write cmd and hit enter. Type ipconfig and press enter. Now find Default Gateway in the list; this is your router’s IP address. In our example, the internal IP address is 192.168.1.254, and the default gateway is a Telus Wi-Fi router. ×
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How to change a router administrative password?

One of the most important tip to secure your network is to change your router’s default administrative password. Because it’s mostly printed on the back of the router, meaning anyone with physical access to the device could manipulate your internet settings by accessing the admin panel. On the first login to your router, the router software might even ask you to change the admin password.You can manually change the password of your router by logging in into your router as described above. Usually, it would help if you looked for a block that covers Security, Advanced Setup, or Administration. On my side in my Telus router, I found this setting under Security > Admin Password. Then usually change the password by entering the old password, then the new password twice to confirm, then save your changes.If your router is hacked, you can reset your router to its default factory settings, including its default login credentials. Note: Only give access to your router to a trusted circle of people. ×
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How to change a router Wi-Fi Password?

Your router comes with default Wi-Fi username and password; you should change them for security purpose. To change the Wi-Fi password, first, you need to get access to your router’s admin panel. The exact steps will depend on your router. Usually, find your wireless router settings. Your router might call your Wi-Fi password, passphrase or security key. We highly recommend to you that use a secure security protocol and encrypt like WPA. If you have a super router, you might have access to WPA3 encryption. Use it! ×
How to change a router Wi-Fi Password?

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How to restart a router?

You can solve a random network issue by resetting your router to its default factory settings. If you have a separate modem and router, follow the following steps to avoid creating a more significant issue: 1. First Unplug all your network hardware. This includes your router, modem, and possibly network switches. 2. Then wait for at least 15 seconds. This step of the procedure is a little bit crucial. Because on one side, short time between turning the device off and back on again can prevent hardware damage. And on the other side, you have to make sure that the router’s RAM is fully cleared. Your modem will request a new IP address if you are using dynamic IP addresses. 3. Next turn on your modem back. 4. Then wait for your modem to establish a connection after booting. This is also a crucial step. You modems need to receive a new IP after shaking hand with your ISP. 5. Next turn on your router. You can skip this step if your router and modem is one device. 6. Proceeding further reconnect earlier unplugged network hardware. 7. At the final step, wait for some time for the device to restore your connection, the internet will come back on. Then check your issue is solved or not. ×
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How to reset a router?

You can reset your router by using a 30-30-30 reset method. First, find a very tiny small button on your router. Then press the button for at least 30 seconds with the help of any thin thing like pin or needle etc. And wait for some time, unless your router completely boots and restart again. ×
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