This guide will help you to setup your very own wireless network. It is intended to assist students living in off-campus housing with routers provided by Reslife.
The following Cisco/Linksys routers are distributed by Residence Life.
- WRT54G V7.1
- WRT54G V7.2
- WRT54GS V2.0
- WRT54G2 V2.0
1) What You Need
In setting up our network we will be dealing with 2 main devices. The cable modem which connects to the cable in your building, and the wireless router that broadcasts your wireless network.
2) Getting Connected
Please follow these steps:
1) Plug the power cords into both the modem and the router.
2) Plug your cable modem into the cable outlet in the wall.
3) Attach an ethernet cable from the port in the modem into the "Internet" labeled port on the router.
3) Prepare for Setup
Now that your modem and router are both connected and powered on, the router should have internet connectivity.
Now we need to attach the router to your computer.
Take another ethernet cable and attach it from your computer's ethernet port to the number "1" labeled port on your router.
For clarity, I have removed the other wires to show you the proper connection below.
You are now ready to setup your wireless network. Proceed to the Setup section below.
If you suspect that your router has been used by previous residents, you must follow this step before proceeding.
Restoring the Factory Defaults
This step will reset the default username and password on the router as well as any other settings added by the previous resident/user.
On the back of the router there is a RESET button. You may need a pen or something pointy to push the button. Hold the button in for 20 seconds, then release it (be sure to hold it in for the full 20 seconds).
Your router should now have its default username and password.
1) Login to Web Interface
In a web browser (Internet explorer, Firefox, etc.) enter the following URL: http://192.168.1.1
It should bring you to the following login prompt if you haven't logged in already. You must now enter the router's default username and password.
For the router models listed at the top of this page, the possible defaults are as follows:
If none of these combinations work for you, please see Pre-Setup at the beginning of the Setup section of this page to restore your router to factory default settings.
Once logged in you should see a page similar to this:
Select the wireless link marked above in red.
3) Manually Configure
As shown in red below, choose the option to manually configure your wireless network.
4) Name Your Network
Here we have the option to give your wireless network a name (SSID). This is the name you will see when you look for wireless networks to connect to on your computer.
Enter your desired name and click Save Settings.
5) Network Security
Now that we've setup our very own wireless network, we have to make it safe. Choose the Wireless Security link shown in red below.
Now that we are on the security page, we must choose a security type to protect our traffic. WPA Personal or WPA2 Personal will provide needed security.
Choose a password for your wireless network like the example below.
Now once again, Save Settings.
You now have configured your router with a proper SSID (The wireless name) and a password.
If you are having a hard time keeping a wireless connection, this may be caused by wireless interference. Try changing the channel at which the wireless network broadcasts. This can be found on the Wireless page as seen at the beginning of step 4. It should look something like this:
The default Wireless Channel is 6. Try changing lower or higher to increase performance.
If you believe your router is defective or are having further problems, contact the office of Residence Life at 201-216-5128.