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Router Configuration & Tips To Configure Routers on Windows® Operating Systems

What is router configuration? What are the methods to configure a router on different versions of Windows operating systems?

A router is hardware device that helps to forward data packets to destinations. The process of sending data packets is called routing. A router stores the information about other routers which are close and it includes information such as IP address and other network information. A router is essential if you want to connect your system to the Internet. A router is an electronic device which interconnects the computer to the network. Router configuration can be easily performed on different versions of Windows operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. You need a good Internet connection for the system before configuring it, and the IP address needed can be static or dynamic. An e-mail address and password are also needed to configure the router.

Router configuration on different versions of Windows operating systems and ways to configure a router:

  • Configuring a router on Windows XP
  • Configuring a router on Windows 98
  • Methods to configure a router

Configuring router on Windows XP

In order to get the router setting, you just select ‘Start’ and go to ‘Control Panel’. From that select ‘Switch to Classic View’ link and then choose ‘Network Connections’ icon from the Control Panel. Obtain the required router settings from the connection whose router settings you want to find. Then by right clicking the connection and by selecting ‘Properties’ you will get the details of the router. Type the obtained IP address in the web browser depending upon the model of the router and enter the default password. Then you need to choose ‘Advanced Setup’, select ‘WAN’, and choose ‘PPPOE’.

Configuring router on Windows 98

For configuring a router on Windows 98, you need to choose the network icon from the Control Panel. From that you need to obtain the IP address, host and domain names, ISPs gateway IP address if it is present on your system. After obtaining the necessary router information you need to enter the routers IP address in address bar of the web browser for configuring the router.

Methods to configure a router

A router can be wired or wireless. After connecting a router to a system it is necessary to configure it for proper operation with the operating system. Before configuring router on the system, you need to perform a full system scan with an effective antivirus program. Otherwise viruses will cause the router device to malfunction. You need to make sure that you have a proper IP address and fast Internet connection for making the configuration process easier.

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