programming your router

Step 1: Setup The Router

Hook-up your new router (see diagram). It's best to setup your router using a cabled connection rather than the wifi. After your router is setup, THEN you can connect using the cable or wifi (your choice). Make sure your Internet antenna cable (often a yellow cable) is plugged into the "WAN/Internet" port of your router (usually a unique-colored port). Next, make sure that you have an ethernet cable (the computer cable that came in the router's box is fine) plugged into your computer/laptop, with the other end of that cable plugged into any "LAN (or numbered)" port in the back of the router.

Step 2: The Setup Wizard

In most cases, once you have hooked-up your router, once you open up a web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.), a router configuration wizard should start up. Follow the instructions on the screen to configure your new router.

If you get a notification that a new firmware update is available, be sure to install that.

Step 3: Setup Confirmation

After you have the router programmed and it has finished rebooting, close the setup wizard window and go to one of your favorite websites. If all is setup correctly, you should be able to get to your websites.

All wireless devices (laptops, tablets, smart phones, printers, etc.), need to be connected to the router FIRST, using your wifi (SSID) and wifi password (sometimes called a "key" or "passphrase"), BEFORE they will have Internet access.