CONNECT the ROUTER  ▷ Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

Regarding technological advances, wireless networks have been lagging a bit behind in reference to other devices. Despite this, they have been progressing slowly but surely. Nowadays fewer and fewer modems use or make use of ADSL connections. Most operators tend to offer other types of devices that are a bit more complex to use and configure, but at the same time offer a great capacity for Internet connection.

These devices are generally known as a router and they allow to carry out the connection between several computers through small local networks. Connecting and configuring the router correctly is essential to improve the security and operation of the connection, this will improve its performance and allow you to take full advantage of its performance.

Nowadays it is very common to change the operator, so it is very common to be changing the router since each operator imposes its own. It can also happen the case that you have a new router at home and we do not know how to connect it or how to configure it to be able to make the most of your performance, that is why here we will teach you how to achieve this step by step.

Complete manual to connect and configure a router from 0 to 100

Complete manual to connect and configure a router correctly

At the moment of wanting use and configure the router you have to check if all the elements of the device are complete. Which would be: The power adapter, the modem, an eight-wire twisted cable with RJ45 connectors, this will be the one that allows you to connect the router with the ADSL Internet connection device. Only the elements described are capable of connecting directly to the ADSL line. Most of them come prepared to provide connectivity between a cable modem and the rest of the network.

Hardware installation and item preparation

To be able to carry out this connection, you just have to follow the following steps:

Hardware installation for router connection

To start it is recommended to disconnect the power supply of both equipmentThen you must choose the most suitable place for the modem, so that it can take full advantage of its wireless capacity.

  • To make the connection between the equipment we will need a standard RJ45 network cable which will go to one of the router connection ports.
  • Then we will connect the other end of the cable to the operator’s modem and then we are going to connect the PC to which you want to connect the Internet.
  • These devices allow multiple computers to be connected simultaneouslyOnce the desired equipment is connected, we will reconnect the power cables.
  • Once this is done you can start internet connection setup.

Router configuration types

Ways to configure the router correctly

There are two ways to configure the equipment correctly so that you can start enjoying your Internet connection as soon as possible. The first one is through a program that is provided by the hardware manufacturer at the time of your purchase. This form is recommended to always use it, especially when it is not very clear what to do or if it is your first configuration.

The other method of being able to do this is directly accessing the configuration program that the equipment brings by default, it can be accessed from any browser. In order to access the default program, you just have to follow the following steps:

  • To enter the configuration program you just have to go to your browser and put the IP of the router in the address bar, this will be found on the back or under the hardware, this address will be a series of numbers like the following: If the equipment is new or this address has already been modified before, you have to answer a series of questions that will appear.
  • It is recommended to perform this setup using a wired connection. Since the wireless network in many cases is disabled by default. Which can cause problems if you want to modify something in the connection.
  • Then you have to enter values ​​of User and Password to access the factory settings of the equipment.
  • Then a screen will appear showing the configuration option. It is there where we can modify the general parameters of our equipment.

Basic configuration

Basic router configuration

At the moment of entering the previous section of the equipment, the basic configuration will appear in the section of Internet Setup. This is where you will have to continue configuring the equipment.

  • To configure the router for the Internet connection, keep in mind that you will be asked for various information where the vast majority of the answers can be provided by your internet provider.
  • Next you will have to choose the type of Internet connection, you must make sure to choose the one provided by your provider. By default the configuration that is configured is DHCP. In these cases, the equipment is already configured automatically, this should only be kept if the provider accepts DHCP.
  • In the case that provider does not support DHCP You must choose between the other options, in which you will find Static IP. If you select this option, a series of questions will be displayed which you must fill out.

If what you need is to use a permanent IP address to always connect to the Internet, normally you have to request this server from your provider and it will surely have a separate cost.

  • In this case, in the field of “Internet IP Address” You must enter the address of the modem. The provider must provide you with this IP address, it must also provide you with the response of the value of the field “Subnet Mask “, the gateway, and at least one of the DNS server IP addresses.
  • By selecting the PPPoE option, you will have to fill in a series of parameters that will appear on the screen.

Some of the ADSL providers usually use PPPoE to carry out Internet connections. If this method is used, you must contact the provider for the values ​​of the following parameters that will be requested to carry out the configuration: User name, password, in both cases you have to enter only the values ​​indicated by the company.

The parameter “Connect on Demand“, this will allow you to configure the modem to interrupt the Internet connection when it is inactive for a set period of time. To reestablish the connection is through the connect option, this will allow it to reset automatically when accessing the Internet again.

In the case that we do not want to activate the interruption of the Internet we must select the box “Button Keep Alive“If this option is kept selected, the router will constantly stay connected to the Internet. Other parameters that will also appear will be”Optional Settings“.

Connection parameters

Connection parameters that you will need to continue with the configuration

  • Router Name: In this option we must write the name of the team
  • Host Name / Domain Name: In these boxes you must provide a host and domain name that most connection companies request to identify them. Obviously, you have to check this information with your Internet company. Usually there are no problems when this data is left blank.
  • MTU: This corresponds to the maximum signal transmission unit. By default it already has a marked value and which allows you to enter the maximum size that will be transmitted. In this box it is recommended enter a value of 1492. This value should always be in the range 1200-1500.
  • If you want the modem to take care of choosing the optimal MTU for the connection, you must select automatic.

Within the basic configuration you will also find the local network configuration. This will be carried out in the parameters of “Network Setup”, where you can change the parameters of the local network to which your equipment is connected.

  • The first parameter is “IP router“, here you can configure the IP address and the “Subnet Mask”.
  • And finally you will find the parameters of the network address servers, DHCP, Network Address Server Settings.

Advanced settings

Advanced router configuration

Within this option we will find the rest of the steps to carry out this:

  • DDNS tab, here the router will provide a dynamic system function for domain names. This server allows you to set a domain and host name fixed to an Internet IP address.
  • In order to carry this out, you must enter these parameters: DDNS Service, User Name, Password, Host Name, Internet IP Address, Status
  • Once these parameters have been entered, you must click on the option “Save Settings“for those changes to take effect.
  • Once this is done, the option “MAC Address Clone tab “, this is a 12-digit code that is assigned to a hardware device for identification.
  • When entering this parameter, the following boxes must be completed: “Enable / Disable“, where you can activate or deactivate the cloning of the MAC address.”User Defined Entry “, will allow you to enter the MAC address registered by your Internet company and “Clone Your PCs MAC Address“, which allows a cloning of the MAC
  • Other tabs that will appear will be Avanced Routing, this option allows you to configure all the advanced functions of the router. This will vary depending on the operation chosen either “Gateway“or”Routing“.

This last function will allow the modem to automatically adjust to the physical changes that take place in the design of the network. The team will be in charge of determining the routes of the packets according to the number of hops between the origin and their destination.

There is also another drop-down menu that will show you other options that we can select but they are alternatives:

  • LAN & Wireless: Performs dynamic routing over wireless or Ethernet networks.
  • Wan: It is responsible for routing the data from the Internet.
  • Both: It allows routing for data coming from the Internet, as well as for both networks.
  • Static Routing: This is a static route through which all the network information travels until a specific host is obtained.
  • In order to configure a static network between the router and another network, you have to select a number from the drop-down list of this option, once the list is chosen you must complete the information that is requested.
  • In this list you will have to complete these data: Delete this entry, Enter Route Name, Destination LAN IP, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway and Interface.
  • Once all this is done you must click on the button “Save Settings“to apply the changes.

Once all this is completed, you will have completed the configuration of your router in a complete way so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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