The router is one of the most appreciated devices if you wish to connect to the internet from home and in the future will be the most important, when any appliance or household item access the internet to operate.
Configuring your router correctly is key to access the Internet without problems , connect any device you have in your home, avoid strangers take advantage of your connection without permission or prevent access to content not recommended for the little ones in the house, among many others things.
In addition, a well-configured router will allow you to make the most of your Internet connection.
Let’s see some aspects to take into account if we want to take advantage of the functions that the router integrates or simply to be sure and avoid headaches in the future.
Change the Default Password
To configure the router we have to access its control page. To do this, just open the address 192.168.1.1 in any web browser.
There are wireless routers that by default only allow access to that address by connecting the PC to the router via Ethernet cable, but most admit access via wifi. In any case, you will be asked for a username (default admin) and a password.
The default password may vary, but it is usually admin, so it is best to change it as soon as possible. This will prevent someone from accessing the router via wifi from outside your home and change the configuration.
On the other hand, if you manage the internet connection of the whole family, changing the password will prevent anyone from changing the parameters that you configure yourself.
Depending on the router model, the option to change the password is in one place or another. For example, it is usually in Advanced> Administration> Set password. Search for a similar submenu and you will soon find the right option. Of course, do not confuse changing the Admin password with the wifi password.
Do not forget this password, it is important. If you forget it, you will have to delete the router configuration and configure it from scratch.
Configure the Wifi Network
Within the router, its most appreciated feature today is the Wi-Fi connection, since it allows us to have several devices connected to the Internet without wires and no matter in which corner of the house we are.
There are several aspects of our Wi-Fi network that we can configure to improve security or to avoid problems or scares.
To start, we can change the default password. They tend to be long and complicated, but if someone searches online it will not take long to find it.
The options related to the Wi-Fi are usually in a sub-menu related to Wi-Fi or wireless connections. You may have to activate the advanced menu to see those options.
About the wifi password, you can choose the type of password (WPA, WPA2) according to the model of your router. If you do not know which one to stay with, leave it as it is. And in the password field you should indicate a new password between 8 and 63 characters. Try alternating numbers with letters. The more complicated, the better.
From the same menu you can change the name of your Wi-Fi connection or SSID, which by default usually has a cryptic name. For a more secure connection, you are supposed to limit the access to certain equipments via MAC address filtering and connect to the devices from the same IP address.