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How To Video: How to quickly set up a home router via its Web interface

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How To Video: How to quickly set up a home router via its Web interface

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Editor Dong Ngo shows how you can become a pro at setting up a home router.

Hi, guys. Dong Ngo here, and today, I'm gonna show you how to set up your home router like a pro basically the way I do it. And my way is a four letter word T-H-A and T or THAT. Not these, but that. So let's start. First off, T. T is for TSA which is another acronym, and don't worry. Keep your clothes on and hold onto that sharp object, we are not at the airport. TSA here stands for "Throw Stuff Away". Now let see what we can throw away. Of course, first is the plastic wrapping. I don't know why we actually need this. So up it goes straight to the ocean. And then we have the CD. I mean, who uses CDs anymore? And then we have this quick startup guide. Seriously, the startup is so much quicker without it. So in the end, we all need just the router itself, the power adapter and the included network cable. In fact, we need two cables for the job so I bring here another one, and the box you can go too. You can throw all of these away and, by the way, by throw away, I mean, you recycle them. Now, we can move on to the second part, H. H stand for hooking up the hardware. Now, hooking up the hardware is actually very simple. First, you have to connect the router to the power using the power adapter. If you cannot do this, you have a more problem than even I can solve. Now, the second is that you hook up the router's Ethernet port or WAN port to an internet source. This port right here has only one port because it supposed to connect a wide area network which is, well, the World Wide Web or the internet. At home you hook this port to your DSL or cable modem. But, here, I have to hook it to the CNET Corporate Network which is why you have use this long cable. So, next step is this LAN port. They called it LAN port because LAN stands for Local Area Network, which mean you can connect devices in computer to the router using network cable. In this case, I'm gonna connect these Micro Pro. Now, this is the same for most of the router on the market. All of them-- almost all of them come with one WAN port and four LAN ports. Now, let's move on to the next part which is A, and that is for Access the web interface. Now, let's go in the web interface because you use any web browser for the job such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, all the other thing for Microsoft. Now, this part can be done with any router on the market except for those from Apple, and that's because Apple is the only company that does not provide a web interface for their routers. To access a router's web interface we need two things; the router's default IP address and the log in information. It's quite easy to find out the router's default IP address that is because almost all the time they come in this format 192.168. X1 with X being either 0, 1, 2, 3, 10 or 11 or on a computer that connected to the router. You can find out by going to the command prompt and use the command IP Config. Here, the default gateway IP address is the IP we want. Now, for this particular router, the default IP address is 192.168.10.1. So let's type that in the address bar of the web browser. Now, most of the time the user name is Admin, and the password can be anything like admin, the word password, the word default 1234 or left blank. In this case, I know the password is Admin, the same as the user. And voila! Now we have access to the router's web interface. We can move on to the last part of this guide to second T which stands for tinkering. Now, different vendors have a different WAP interface but they're all very similar. And most of all, they are very easy to figure out if you speak English which mean if I can do it, I'm sure you can. For example here, with this particular one, we can follow the wizard. It show you step and stuff or you can go to network to change the basic setting of your network or you can go to wireless 2.4 to change the 2.4 gigahertz network or go to wireless 5 gigahertz to change the setting of the 5 gigahertz wireless network. Very simple. Now, the reason I will encourage you to tinker away because you can always reset the router to the default factory setting. You can also back up the existing setting and then restart that later. To reset to the default setting, you can use the WAP interface or you can use a small PIN like this and press on the reset button of the router. All of them has one. Just press it in here for about 10 seconds and the router will go back to the default setting. And that means you don't have to worry if something goes wrong. For more detail information on this guide, make sure to check out the router part at cnet.com where you can also find a list of the default IP address and default logging information for most vendors on the market. And after that, you'll allow to give yourself a customized t-shirt that reads, I am Pro, because I know. I approved that message and that's because I am Dong Ngo. And for the very first time this has been a quick guide on that from CNET TV.

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