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To Configure the Wireless Router to Use Your Internet Service

To configure the router you will first log in, then use the configuration menus.

How to Log In to the Wireless Router

To access the router using its login name and password, follow these instructions.

  1. Connect to the wireless router by typing in the address field of your browser, then click Enter.
  2. For security reasons, the router has its own user name and password. When prompted, enter admin for the router user name and password for the router password, both in lower case letters.

    Note: The router user name and password are not the same as any user name or password you may use to log in to your Internet connection.
  3. A login window like the one shown below opens:

    Figure 1-5

    Enter the user name and password. The wireless router will display its home page.

    If you cannot connect to the wireless router, verify your computer networking setup. It should be set to obtain both IP and DNS server addresses automatically, which is usually so. For help with this, consult the documentation that came with your computer or see the links in Appendix B, Related Documents.

How to Configure the Wireless Router

When you are logged in, configure the router according to these instructions. You can also refer to the instructions in the online help built in to your wireless router.

  1. Log in, and click Basic Settings on the Setup menu to view the Internet connection configuration pages.

    Figure 1-6

  2. If your Internet connection does not require a login, click No at the top of the Basic Settings menu and fill in the settings according to the instructions below. If your Internet connection does require a login, click Yes, and skip to 3..
    1. Enter your Account Name (may also be called Host Name) and Domain Name.
      These parameters may be necessary to access your ISP's services such as mail or news servers.
    2. Internet IP Address:
      If your ISP has assigned you a permanent, fixed (static) IP address for your computer, select "Use static IP address". Enter the IP address that your ISP assigned. Also enter the netmask and the Gateway IP address. The Gateway is the ISP's router to which your router will connect.
    3. Domain Name Server (DNS) Address:
      If you know that your ISP does not automatically transmit DNS addresses to the router during login, select "Use these DNS servers" and enter the IP address of your ISP's Primary DNS Server. If a Secondary DNS Server address is available, enter it also.

      Note: If you enter an address here, restart the computers on your network so that these settings take effect.
    4. Router's MAC Address:
      This section determines the Ethernet MAC address that will be used by the router on the Internet port. Some ISPs will register the Ethernet MAC address of the network interface card in your computer when your account is first opened. They will then only accept traffic from the MAC address of that computer. This feature allows your router to masquerade as that computer by "cloning" its MAC address.
To change the MAC address, select "Use this Computer's MAC address." The router will then capture and use the MAC address of the computer that you are now using. You must be using the one computer that is allowed by the ISP. Or, select "Use this MAC address" and type it in here.
    1. Click Apply to save your settings.
  1. If your Internet connection does require a login, fill in the settings according to the instructions below. Select Yes if you normally must launch a login program such as Enternet or WinPOET in order to access the Internet.

    Note: After you finish setting up your router, you will no longer need to launch the ISP's login program on your computer in order to access the Internet. When you start an Internet application, your router will automatically log you in.
    1. Fill in the parameters for your Internet service provider.
    2. Click Apply to save your settings. Click Test to verify that you have Internet access.

You are now connected to the Internet!

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