Connecting your business with superfast broadband opens up a world of opportunities, enabling constant communication and greatly enhancing your workflow.
But simply purchasing a reliable business broadband connection will not get you online. First things first, you have to connect a router.
At home, browsing the Internet wirelessly may be as simple as plugging in the modem and searching for the signal. But with a business, where there are multiple terminals that need to connect to the same network and several different variables that could cause interference, setting up your router will require slightly more planning.
In order to help you connect your network together seamlessly, we’ve put together this invaluable three-step guide on setting up your router.
Step 1: Picking A Location
Begin by choosing a suitable location to install your router. It’s best to look for a relatively central location in your office building that can be easily accessed if required. Obviously you’ll need to find a spot that has a both a plug and phone socket in the wall, or else you’ll have no way to power your device, thus rendering useless. It would be advisable to keep your router up high or as close as possible to the computers to which it is broadcasting, as this will enable the fastest connection speeds for all.
If you’ve got a large office space you may want to think about investing in signal boosters, or even several routers, in order to ensure a strong connection throughout your building.
It’s worth noting that the first spot in which you place your router does not need to be the final location of the device. You might find that you need to reposition the unit after it has been installed as your cables may not be long enough or the layout/purpose of the storage area may change.
Step 2: Powering Up
Once you’ve found a suitable location, it’s time to plug in all the necessary cables and bring your device to life. Each device will be slightly different, but the specific instructions for your unit should be located within the box it came in, so consult these to ensure that everything is fitted correctly.
If you already have a modem installed, you can connect it to your new router via an Ethernet cable (or possibly through USB, as is becoming increasingly more popular). The router’s jack for the cable will be labelled accordingly (typically ‘WAN’ or ‘Internet’), but once again it is worth checking the included instructions for full clarification. When properly connected, be sure to turn both devices on and off again to confirm they recognise each other.
Step 3: Establishing A Connection
Whether you plan on using wireless or not, you should begin by connecting a computer to your router with a network cable (they’ll be one bundled in the router’s box), and installing the router software using the CD that comes included.
Installing all the necessary programs now will help with the optimal running of hardware, and offer solutions for troubleshooting should any problems arise.
Using the computer connected to the router, open up your preferred web browser and enter the router’s IP address into the address bar. This is the eight digit number found either on the router itself or within the router’s manual.
Standard units will use addresses such as “http://192.168.1.1” or “http://192.168.0.1”, but you should check the included documentation to ensure you have the correct code.
Regardless of whether you’re connected to the Internet, you should now be taken to an admin page asking for a username or password. Both of these codes will also be contained within the router’s documentation, or printed on the device itself.
Once inside the router’s admin settings, be sure to change this password and the network’s name (SSID) by following the on-screen prompts.
After entering the required information, and changing your details for security reasons, your computer should now be able to connect to the Internet.
Within this menu you will also be able to access advanced settings, such as connecting to DSL Internet by entering your PPPoE data, and entering the static IP fields. These should only be used if they are required, so don’t enter anything unless you’re sure of what you’re doing.
Confirm that the network connection is working by loading a new webpage. If you plan on using this computer wirelessly, you should now be able to unplug the CPU from the router and connect to the Internet wirelessly.
Once online, your other computers should identify that a wireless network is available. Enter the network password and follow the onscreen instructions to connect each computer successfully.
With this helpful guide to hand you should be enjoying seamless connectivity across your office in no time. If however you do encounter any problems, or require assistance setting up your system, our friendly customer services team are always on hand to help you out.
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