Methods to configure SMC® wireless router
Computer networks are being used by almost all computer users who have more than one computer at home or office. You can share data and other system resources over the network without any problems. Earlier, network cables were used to connect computers but the concept of networking has changed with the invention of wireless technology. Now, you can connect computers with no wires. A SMC wireless router is a device which facilitates a wireless network. You can install a wireless network card on each computer and set-up a SMC wireless router on the network. SMC wireless router transmits and receives wireless signals on the network and each computer on the network communicates with each other through this wireless router. You can share your Internet connection through a wireless router.
- Configuring SMC wireless router
- Setting up security
- Issues and ways to fix them
Configuring SMC wireless router
Configuring a SMC wireless router is very easy. You need to connect it to a computer using a network cable, set the computer to access the IP address from Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and then restart the computer. Once the computer is restarted, you can open Internet Explorer and type in the IP address of the router in the address bar and press 'Enter'. This will launch router configuration page which will prompt you to enter the admininstrator password and allow you to configure the router.
Setting up security
Anyone who enters a wireless network range, can access the network, and this is risky. The router configuration page allows you to enable security measures like SSID and WEP key. Security settings prevent unauthorized access to your network. You can also enable the firewall, which will keep your computer away from hackers and intruders. You need to enable the security option that suits your network for better protection.
SMC wireless routers are known to be stable and reliable and there quick fixes to resolve issues that you may encounter on these routers. You may notice that the network signals are weak on some computers. To fix this issue, place the router in such a way that each computer on the network have almost the same distance as to that of the router. At times you may notice that you are unable to log in to the router configuration page due to an incorrect password. You can reset the router by pressing the 'Reset' button to restore the settings, including the password to factory defaults. When you press the 'Reset' button, all the manually entered settings will be erased. You can upgrade the SMC wireless router’s firmware if you notice any issues with the current firmware program.
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