Back in the day, having a Wi-Fi router was a sign of “wealth”, but today, the equipment has become as basic as having a television or a radio at home. The telecommunications operators themselves now offer the device for free to all subscribers of fixed internet plans. What can be a hand in the wheel for some, but not enough for those who are looking for options with a greater reach of the wireless network.
If you are one of those who seek a more efficient alternative than the one offered by your operator, the way is simple. As far as the main operators of the country are concerned, then those are AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. These carriers informed that the users have full autonomy to install a new Netgear router in the network without its previous authorization. None of them, however, offers the installation service of the equipment, which must be performed by the user or a third party professional.
An expert has pointed out that the process is simple and does not require great knowledge. With the new Netgear router connected to the carrier’s modem – which in many cases also functions as a router – you need to physically connect it (via a cable) to a computer. Only then will it be possible to configure the device and consequently make it work.
The manuals, as the teacher explains, detail each step of this setup. But in general, just enter in the address bar of the browser the combinations of numbers 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 – which are usually the variations of IP used in home networks.
In the sequence, it will be required to include a user and password, available in the device manual, but usually “admin” for both items. From there, the more technical part of the process is subdivided into three stages.
The first one is the Wide Area Network (WAN) configuration, which refers to the configuration of the external network. “Operators are not obliged to provide support in such cases, but are obliged to pass all information regarding these configurations.”
Therefore, call the call center and ask for the following numbers: IP address, subnet mask, gateway, DNS1 server, and DNS2 server. All data – which can also be imported from the operator’s router settings – must be filled in the WAN settings in the Static IP option.
LAN and WLAN Settings
Next, you need to change the LAN settings [referring to internal network data], and wireless, which is also known as WLAN. In this step, it is important to change the SSID to the desired name for your wireless network, in addition to setting your security standards. “Currently, the most appropriate security mode is the WPA,” he says. “It is advisable to use a more secure password – which excludes numbers that are repeated or in sequence.
Finally, in the system menu, restart the router to complete the settings and to use the wireless network from the new device.