When wireless routers are concerned, the price may not always be the best deciding factor. There’s a large variety of wireless routers in the market. One may not be as good as the other is. Low-range basic routers only give you speeds of 56 Mbps. You may want to pick one that has ultra-range capabilities or a dual-band router for fast speeds and best performance.

It is not that difficult to set up a wireless router. You may only need to replace your DSL vs cable internet with it. Here is a quick do-it-yourselfer guide.

In the first step, remove the DSL or cable modem from the power supply and remove the Ethernet cable from the computer. Let the phone cord remain on the modem.

Connect the Ethernet cable’s endpoint into the internet port at the back of the router. This port is usually marked clearly. Plug the modem back into the power source.

Plug the one end of the router’s Ethernet cable to the Ethernet connector located on the network card of your system. The other end should go into one of the Ethernet network ports onboard the router itself.

Now hook the router up to power supply and verify the indicator lights. Five indicator lights need to be on the internet light, the power light, the security light, the wireless light, and the light belonging to one of your Ethernet network connections.

All of the indicator lights need to be stable. If they are not, check if you have plugged the cables properly and if the router is indeed working properly.

Then install the software that would have come with the wireless router. Install the program as instructed and test your system. Some routers maybe a wee bit more complicated to install and setup. If you followed the steps outlined above and it didn’t work, refer to the user manual that came with your router for guidance. It is usually part of the kit you purchased. If it’s not there, then log on to the website of the router manufacturer to see if they have tech support forums.

When you have completed installing the router, configure the device. Log in to the router’s setup screen by entering your username and password. Change the username and password as soon as possible to help prevent unauthorized access to your wireless connection.

Though internet connection sharing and file sharing between computers on a network can be done through many methods, having a router does simplify the task. It’s a router’s popular selling point.

Routers may not usually support dial-up modems. But there a few routers having serial ports to accommodate dial-up connections.

By using a wireless router, you will get better access to your home-based network and you will be able to get the most from your internet connectivity. It saves you effort, time, and money. It also makes your systems able to interact with mobile phones and other devices like iPhones.