Before you make your way through the many “router guides” on the internet, read this first: Every router comes with a router guide. The router guide is essentially a “how to” manual for your router.
Don’t skimp on the guide. It’s probably the single most important part of your router. It tells you what you need to do with your new router and how to do it.
There are so many ways to connect to the internet these days, it can be confusing. A router that doesn’t come with a guide can be a real challenge. I recommend having a router guide before you ever move any ethernet cables out of your home or business. This can save you a lot of money and frustration in the future.
The router guide is like a basic items list for your router. It will tell you everything you need to know about the router, including how to connect to the internet, what connection speed you should use, how to configure your router, and what types of wireless devices you can have connected to your router. Some routers even include an auto-update function that tells you what’s new in the router market, which is especially useful for those of us who don’t know a great deal about routers.
You may have heard of some of the basic components of a router: WAN (which connects to the outside world), LAN (connects to your LAN), cable (also called LAN, or telephone cable), wireless, USB ports, network cards, FTP servers, DHCP servers, etc. When shopping for a router, look for the router that has everything you need (even if that includes a modem).
It can sometimes be difficult to decide whether you want to get a wireless router, a wired router, or mesh type routers. A wireless router works with a network of computers, while a wired router connects directly to the computer, like a telephone wire.
If you just want to set up your wireless network, you can get a wireless router. The wireless router comes as a stand alone device, or can be built into your computer. Your router does all the hard work. Since the router is already designed to work with the router in your computer, you have no troubles setting up the wireless network.
If you’re going to have a large network of computers, you’ll need a mesh router. A mesh router has computers in all directions, and then it is joined together by the wireless router. As long as you have a cable or phone connection, it is very easy to set up your network. However, it can be difficult to configure if you don’t know much about computers.
Now, let’s talk about computers that don’t come with a router. These can be “plug and play” routers. They just have to be plugged into the router. They may not be able to hook up to a router, but they will still function as wireless routers.
The basic configuration of a router is simple. All you have to do is set up the SSID or network name of your network, pick the network interface (in this case, it’s the one that will connect to the ethernet port of your computer), configure the speed of your connection, set up the security on your computer, and enter the password for your username. It’s as simple as that.
You can get a router that will also allow you to put in an Internet Service Provider, and you’ll never have to worry about getting internet again! There are even routers that have both a WAN and LAN port, allowing you to get both high speed and internet! I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have internet access over high speed just for this reason.
There are many different routers to choose from. Each one comes with its own features, so check with your local retailer or the manufacturer to find out what kind of router you need. Most routers come with a router guide, so the next time you need to know how to configure a router, you’ll know exactly what you need to do.