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The setup and ongoing configuration of your wireless router will go much smoother if you have a manual handy. Below are links to the support areas of some popular makers of wireless routers. If you don't see your manufacturer listed or if you can't find the manual for your model, visit your favorite search engine and try [ (manufacturer} (model number) manual ] like [Linksys E2500 manual].
Once you log into you your router's dashboard we recommend you change the following from the factory defaults:
The details for how to set these items are in your manual. See the box above for tips on getting your manual if you don't know where to find it.
If you've inherited a wireless network by becoming the new director of a small library, you might not know where your wireless router is. You're looking for a box near a wall that may or may not have antennas sticking out of it. Here are a few pictures of common wireless routers:
Once you find your router, make note of the brand and model number. This will help you track down the manual for it later.
Most functions on modern routers have to be set through a web browser on a computer that is on the same wireless network as your router. If you don't know where to point your browser or if you've inherited a router without it's admin password, here are some suggestions
Where to point your browser:
If you have a different brand router, try http://192.168.1.1, http://192.168.2.1 and http://10.0.0.1. If that doesn't get you to a router login screen, try suggestions at http://www.techspot.com/guides/287-default-router-ip-addresses/. This article also offers a method that often provides the correct IP address for your router.
Most (not all) wireless routers come from the factory with a default id and password to get into the router's password. Ideally you or a predecessor changed this password right away AND put it in a safe place you can find. But if not, it is worth trying the default id/password combinations. Here are some common ones listed by vendor:
If your router manufacturer doesn't appear above, try combinations of admin and password.
If you still can't get in, chances are good that the default password was changed but you don't have it. Then it may be time to do a factory reset.
Nearly all wireless routers have a "Factory Reset"/"Factory Defaults" feature. This should only be done as a last resort because in addition to resetting the id/password to their default values, it will also wipe out any previous customization (including the name of the wifi network). So hold off until you are sure that you can't find the network password.
How the factory default reset works varies by manufacturer and sometimes by model. It is best if you have your manual on hand before you do a factory reset on your router. But if you can't, here are some popular ways to set your router back to its factory settings:
With most modern wireless routers, you should be able to do the following:
HOW these things are done vary by manufacturer. See your router's manual for details. See the slide deck for screenshots of how some of these tasks are done in NETGEAR.
Placing a printer on your network, whether with a true wireless printer (recommended) or by using your router's USB printer share (when available) is only half the task. Your patrons will need to be able to connect to your printer from their laptop or device.
If you are using your router's USB printer function, it is likely that your patrons will need to download and install router-specific software to print. If you have a truly wireless printer, laptops can connect through their "add printer" wizards. Mobile devices may need printer specific apps (i.e HP ePrint) in order to print to your printer. See your printer's instructions for details.
A few general directions for adding a wireless printer to a laptop: