Windows® 7 router settings
Learn how to configure the router settings in a computer with the Windows 7 operating system
A router is a type of electronic device which interconnects with two or more computer networks, and selectively interchanges packets of data between them. Each of the data packets contains address information which a router can use to determine if the source and destination are on the same network, or if the data packet must be transferred from one network to another. As when multiple routers are used in a large collection of interconnected networks, the routers help in exchanging information about target system addresses.
Various issues related to the configuration of router settings in a Windows 7 system are as follows:
- Connect the router
- Configuring the router
- Thing to keep in mind
Connect the router
You will need to plug the Ethernet cable into the network port. The port is provided on the back of your router. Then you can connect the computer to the router. This can be done by plugging another Ethernet cable in the Ethernet port provided on your computer. Then attach the other end to one of the free ports on the back of the router. You are allowed to choose any free port except the one with 'WAN' labeled in it. Now you can plug in your router to the electrical outlet and wait for the router to turn on. Now you will need to reboot your computer so it can access a new IP address from the router through the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.
Configuring the router
Launch your web browser, type the IP and press 'Enter.' You can use 'Admins as the username in the pop-up box and after this leave the password blank. Then connect to the Internet and click on 'Internet Setup.' Then you will need to select your connection type provided in the drop-down menu list. You can choose "DHCP" for the cable modems or "PPPoE" for most of the DSL modems. If you are not sure about these options, you can check with your ISP, then set the service set identifier (SSID) to identify the router and change the password.
After entering the SSID, you can encrypt your wireless connection using a Wireless Encryption Protocol key for security. This can be done under the "Wireless Security" option, enter a pass phrase and click "Generate." This will let you generate a password which will need to be used by any client connecting to your router. Also make sure that you write down or save a text file with your WEP password and settings.