How To Use A Router
Learning how to use a router can sound very difficult if you are not familiar with computer networking. It is actually relatively simple and most people can set them up without much difficulty in their home. A router is used for distributing a high speed internet connection to multiple computers. It can also be used to network computer to share files and printers. Follow these steps to learn how to use a router.
What you will need:
- Ethernet cable
- Measure for the lengths of ethernet cable you will need if you are using a wired connection to your computers. It is a good idea to add around two extra feet to the measurement. Use these measurements to buy the ethernet cable you need.
- Set up your router in a central location. If your internet access uses a modem, you can set it up in a location near the modem too so you can connect it easier.
- Connect your internet connection to the router's internet port. This will probably be to your modem. Attach an ethernet cable from the modem to the router in this way.
- Run the ethernet cable from the router to each computer you are connecting it to. Attach each cable to the computer's network adapter and the other end to the router.
- Run the initial setup for the router. This will be different for every router, and will be explained in the router's documentation. There is usually a CD that you can run to help guide you through the installation.
- Test the internet connection on each connected computer.