8. If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next. [Show Me]
9. Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.
10. Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next.
11. Enter a description in the Computer description field for the computer you are connecting to the gateway. It should be a description that differentiates it from the other computers that will be on the network (For example, office desktop).
12. Enter a name for this computer in the Computer name field. The name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.
Note: The name cannot contain spaces or special characters.
13. Enter a name for your network workgroup in the Workgroup name field and click Next. All computers connected to your network must be assigned to the same workgroup.
Note : The workgroup name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.
14. Verify the network settings you have entered and click Next.
15. Select Create a Network Setup Disk and click Next. [Show Me]
16. Select the drive where you want to save the information from the options displayed and click Next. [Show Me]
17. Follow the directions for the type of drive you selected and click Next.
18. Review the instructions for using the setup disk.
In this article, we are going to setup our D-Link router. Now we are not only focussing on connecting to the internet, but also on some other important settings. Think of securing your WiFi, using the right DNS servers to speed up your internet connection and creating a guest WiFi network.
Before we can connect our D-Link router to the internet we need to figure out how we can connect it. The D-Link router is a router and modem, so it can make the connection to your ISP itself, but we need to know how the internet is provided by your ISP.
- DSL users without modem – If you have a DSL connection and your ISP hasn’t provided a modem, then we need to use PPPoE to connect the D-Link router. Check if your ISP has provided you with the PPPoE credentials, you will need this to connect the router to the internet.
- DSL users with modem/router combo – It’s best to use PPPoE, so check if your ISP has provided you with the PPPoE credentials or request them. If they don’t support a custom router (like here in The Netherlands), then we are going to place the D-Link router behind the modem/router from the ISP. We need to set the router in Bridge or DMZ mode.
- Cable/Fiber users – If you have only a modem, then we can connect the D-LINK router behind it. You might have to reboot the modem after you connected the D-Link router. If you have a modem/router combo then you will need to set in the Bridge or DMZ mode.
Difference between modem and modem/router combo
The difference between a modem and a modem/router is that a modem only makes the connection to the internet. Where a router connects all the device together so you can print on your network printers, share files between computers and use the internet connection. Most consumer routers also provide WiFi and they have multiple ethernet ports (RJ45). A modem only has one ethernet port that you use to connect a router behind it.
Setting your router in bridge or DMZ mode
If your ISP doesn’t provide you with the PPPoE credentials, then we need to set your current router in bridge mode. In bridge mode, your router won’t route anymore, but it will essentially be a dumb switch. It passes on the internet connection through to a LAN port.
How you set your router in bridge mode is different for each router. So the best thing is to look up the user manual. But in general, you can follow these steps:
- Find your routers IP address
- Click on Start and type CMD <enter>
- In the black dos box, type ipconfig <enter>
- Note your default gateway address
- Visit the router’s ip address in a new browser tab. (http://192.168.1.1) in my case
- Look for the internet settings page
- Find the Enable Bridge mode or Enable DMZ mode
Setting up a D-Link Router
We have done all the prerequisites, so we can now start with actually setting up the D-Link router. I assume your connected the router and put the internet connection in the WAN port and connected your computer with one of the LAN ports.
1. Open the router in a new browser tab
Open your browser and navigate to http://192.168.0.1, the default IP address of the D-Link router.
2. Enter the D-Link router password
The default router password of a D-Link router is nothing (blank). The default username is Admin. After you are logged in the Internet Connection Wizard will show. The wizard will only open the first time your login. If you don’t get the setup wizard, then click on Internet Connection Setup Wizard in the centre of the page
3. Setup a strong password
First, we are going to change the default password. Enter a strong password (at least 8 characters) to secure your router. Click on next when done
4. Select your Timezone
A pretty simple one, select your time zone. Nothing to explain here…
5. Configure your internet connection
The most important step, we are going to configure the internet connection. Now, it depends on how you can connect to the internet what you are going to select here. The two most options are:
- DHCP Connection. Use this when you have a modem from your ISP. Just select DHCP and click next.
You don’t need to enter the MAC Address or enter a hostname. We will configure the DNS later, just click next.
- Username / Password Connection (PPPoE)
If you have the PPPoE credentials from your ISP then select this option.
Enter the credentials and click on next.
When done click on Connect. It may take a few seconds to connect, but you should now have an internet connection.
WiFi setup on D-Link Router
Our D-Link router is now connected to the internet, but we also want to set up our wireless network. By default, your router will have a wireless network that you can connect to. You will find these details on the bottom of the router.
But leaving things default is never a good idea, so we a going to change our wireless network name, pick a new password, optimize our wifi signal and disable the Wifi protected setup (because these are to easy to hack).
1. Open the Wireless network setup
We won’t be using the wizard, so on the setup page of your D-Link router, select Wireless settings on the left side and then Manual Wireless Connection Setup.
2. Configuring the 2.4Ghz band
- Change the Wireless Network Name to something you like
- Keep the mode on Mixed 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b. This way all wireless devices can connect to the router
- Enable auto scan, this way the router will find the least crowded wifi channel
- Channel width, an important one. If you live in an area with a lot of wireless devices around you (like an apartment building), then you need to changes the channel width to 20Mhz. Narrowing down the bandwidth will give your less interference and resulting in a better and faster wifi connection.
If you live in a not so crowded area, then leave it on 20/40Mhz. This will give you to most speed and maximum distance.
- Scroll down to Pre-Shared key, fill in a new password for your wifi. Use the same password of both wifi networks (2.4ghz and 5ghz)
3. Configure the 5Ghz band
Use the same settings as for the 2.4Ghz band. Only add 5Ghz to the wireless network name.
For the channel width, again if you live in a crowded area, lower the channel width. For 5Ghz, you should lower it to 20/40Mhz.
When done save the settings, if you were connected wirelessly to your router then you will have to reconnect to the new Wifi network.
4. Disable WPS (Wifi Protected Setup)
WPS is an easy way to connect a device to your wireless network. You can connect/pair a device by pressing a button on the router or enter a pin code. Now the pin code is where the vulnerability is. A pin code is really easy to crack, so it’s really recommended to disable WPS at all for your router.
- Click on Advanced
- Select WI-FI Protected Setup on the left side
- Disable it
Creating a Guest Wifi Network
The D-Link router supports a guest wifi network. This way you can give your guests internet access without letting them on your private home network. The guest network is a separate Wifi network with its own wireless network name and password. Enabling it on a D-Link router is pretty easy.
- Go to the Advanced page
- Select Guest zone on the left side
- Enable Guest Zone for the Session 2.4Ghz
- Enter a Wireless Network Name for your guests
- Set the security mode to WPA-Personal. Never leave your guest wifi on-secured, otherwise, everybody can use your internet connection.
- Scroll down to Pre-Shared key and make a strong but easy to remember password for your guest.
- Click on Save Settings
You will now see an extra wifi network in your house. you can also create a 5Ghz guest wifi network, but that isn’t really necessary in most cases.
Speeding up your internet with the fastest DNS Server
During the internet connection setup, we skipped the DNS part. A DNS server is the dictionary of the internet. Almost everything we do with the internet requires a DNS server to translate a domain like amazon.com to an IP address. And because nearly everything you do requires a DNS server, selecting the fastest one will accelerate pretty much everything you do online. Your ISP also has a DNS server and those are in most of the case, not the fastest servers. So using another one can speed up your internet with more than 30% easily.
Now there is also another important reason to pick a different DNS server. The company the runs the DNS server can see every site you visite. Some company even sell this data to advertisers.
The fastest DNS server available today is 18.104.22.168. You don’t have to take my word for it, but the independent DNS monitor DNSPerf ranks 22.214.171.124 as the fastest server in the world.
Changing the DNS server
To change the DNS server on your D-Link router is pretty simple.
- Go to the Setup page and select Internet on the left side
- Choose Manual Internet Connection Setup
- Change the Primary DNS Server to 126.96.36.199
- Change the Secondary DNS Server to 188.8.131.52
- Click on Save Settings
You will need to restart your computer to apply the changes to your computer too. Or a little bit faster is to reconnect the Wifi network or the unplug and replug the network cable in your computer.
Prioritize Network Traffic with QoS
To speed up your internet connection we can also prioritize important network traffic. In a household your share your connection with all the members in your household. If somebody is watching Netflix while another is downloading the latest game on Steam you might notice that Netflix will need to buffer or lower the video quality. This happens because the download is consuming almost all the bandwidth that is available.
By prioritizing the network traffic we can tell the router to handle the video stream or gaming traffic first. This way you won’t suffer from any lag during your online gameplay or while watching a movie.
You can enable QoS as followed:
- Go to Advanced
- Select QoS Engine on the left side
- Enable QoS
- Set your Uplink and Download speed
This must be the speed of your internet connection.
- Select Strict Priority Queue
- By default, there are already some rule created
The default rules are in basic fine, but if you have a game console and you play online then you might want to prioritize all the traffic from the console. You can do this by creating a new rule.
- Name the rule PS4 for example
- Queue ID is 1 – Highest
- Protocol is ALL
- Local IP Range is the IP address of your console. (Look it up at the status page of the D-Link router or in your console under network settings)
We have set up our D-Link router and it’s ready to be used. There a few last tips / commenly asked questions that I would like to mention
Back a backup of the configuration
After you configured your router is it always a good habit to make a backup of the configuration. With a backup, you can easily restore your router if you have to reset the router or when it lost the configuration due to a power outage.
- Go to Tools and select System on the left side
- Click Save Configuration
- Store the config.bin file somewhere save
Update the firmware
Something you should actually start with, but the most convenient way to update the firmware requires an internet connection. New firmware version contains bug fixes, security updates and may even have performance updates for your router. Before you update the firmware, always make a backup of the configuration.
- Go to Tools and select Firmware on the left side
- Click on Check now
- Update the firmware.
Reset D-Link Router Password
If you lost your password of the D-Link router the only option is to factory reset your router.
- Power on the D-Link router
- Hold the reset button for atleast 10 seconds with a paperclip
- Wait 15 second until the router is restarted
- The default login is Admin with no (blank) password
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How to Set Up a D-Link Router
A router is a box that allows multiple computers, smartphones, and so on to join the same network. From there, the router is typically connected to a modem in order to provide an Internet connection to any device that is connected to the router. This guide aims to help you through the first time setup process for your router.
In the box you may have some of the following:
- The router's power supply or charger.
- Device manual.
- Driver disc (for some models).
- USB cable (for some models).
- Network cable (for some models).
1 Connect Power
Please ensure that you are using the power adapter that came with your router.
- Locate the power cable and connect it to a power source like an outlet or surge protector.
- Plug the other end of the power cable to the router's power input, which is typically located in the rear.
- Your router should power on.
2 Connect to Modem by Cable/Wire
- Acquire an Ethernet cable.
- Take one end of the cable and plug it into the Internet (or WAN) port on the rear of your router. The port may be blue or grey.
- Take one end of the cable and plug it into an available Ethernet (or LAN) port on the rear of your modem. These ports are typically yellow.
- Usually this is all that is needed to connect your router to a wired connection.
- Using a computer that is connected to the D-Link router, open a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
- Enter one of the following addresses into your browser address bar:
- When prompted, enter the credentials to log into the router.
For DIR-xxx routers, the default credentials are:
- Username: admin
- Password: no password
For DSR-xxx routers, the default credentials are:
- Username: admin
- Password: admin
? What is the color of your router's user interface?
- White and Blue (New Version)
- Blak and Orange (Old Version)
How do I set up and install my router?
Step 1: Unplug the power to your cable/DSL Internet modem
Step 2: Connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to a LAN port (Port 1, 2, 3 or 4) on the DIR-810L
Step 3: Connect your cable/DSL modem to the Internet port on the DIR-810L
Step 4: Plug in the power for your cable or DSL broadband modem and wait for two minutes
Step 5: Power on both the DIR-810L and your Internet cable/DSL modem
Step 6: Open your web browser and enter http://dlinkrouter or http://dlinkrouter.local or http://192.168.0.1 into the address bar
Step 7: If this is your first time logging in to the router, the Setup Wizard will start automatically.
This wizard is designed to guide you through a step-by-step process to configure your new D-Link router and connect to the Internet. Click Next to continue.
Please wait while your router detects your Internet connection type. After the router detects your Internet connection, you may need to enter information such as a username and password. To obtain these, you will need to speak to the company that provides your Internet, also known as an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
If the router detects an Ethernet connection but does not detect the type of Internet connection you have, the below screen will appear. Click “Guide me through the Internet connection settings” to display a list of connection types to choose from.
Select your Internet Connection type: Dynamic or PPPoE
- DHCP – Select this if you have cable Internet service. You will likely not need to type in any extra information
PPPoE – Select this if you have DSL Internet service. You will likely need to input some information to get Internet access
- Username: Your Internet username (Provided by your Internet Service Provider)
- Password: Your Internet password (Provided by your Internet Service Provider)
For both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless frequencies, create a name (SSID) for your Wi-Fi network. Each Wi-Fi network will also need a password of at least 8 characters. Your wireless clients will need to have this passphrase or key entered to be able to connect to your wireless network. Click Next to continue. (Password suggestion: please use a password that is easy for you to remember but obscure for others to guess. Strong passwords include letters and numbers in various positions.)
In order to secure your router, please create a password to access the router firmware. This should be different from the password to connect to the Wi-Fi network.
Click Next to continue.
Select your time zone from the drop-down menu and click Next to continue.
The Setup Complete window is followed by your Wi-Fi settings. Click Next and Connect to continue.
If you want to create a bookmark to the router management page, click OK. Click Cancel if you do not want to create a bookmark.
If you clicked Yes, a window may appear (depending on what web browser you are using) to create a bookmark.
mydlink Cloud Services registration:
With mydlink Cloud Services you can remotely manage, control and monitor your home network from anywhere by using the mydlink Lite mobile app or mydlink web portal. Now, parents can view sites kids are visiting and what devices are connected to your network.
You may choose Next to register this device with mydlink for free. Or you may choose Skip to register later.
To get started with mydlink Cloud Services, you are required to have a mydlink account and need to register this router to the mydlink account. Select “Yes, I have a mydlink account” if you have previously registered a mydlink account; Select “No, I want to register and login with a new mydlink account” if you would like to create a new mydlink account.
a) If you selected “Yes, I have a mydlink account,” please enter your existing mydlink account name and password. Then choose Login.
b) If you selected “No, I want to register and login with a new mydlink account,” please fulfill the required information in order to create a new mydlink account.
Note: The mydlink password is the password to log in to the mydlink web portal and mydlink mobile apps. This is NOT the same as your router’s Password.
D link setup
D-Link Default Login - Username, Password and IP Address
Connect to Your D-Link Router
To change your D-Link router’s configuration and access the setup pages, you need to stay connected to the network. So, start by connecting to the D-Link network either through an ethernet cable or a wireless Wi-Fi connection.
If you don’t know the router’s Wi-Fi password, it is always recommended to connect to the network using an ethernet cable. This establishes a direct network connection and does not require entering a password.
Navigate to the Router’s IP Address
To read this post, you are using a browser be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or the infamous Internet Explorer (we hope not!). Anyway, whichever browser you use, open it, and navigate to either of the following IP addresses. One of these is likely your router’s “If not delivered, then return to” address.
Or you can simply enter https://192.168.1.1 in the address bar. In technical terms, we call these the router gateways to your frontier router. Although, for D-Link routers, the most common router gateway is 192.168.0.1 that leads you to the Dlink login page.
Enter Login Credentials
Once the router gateway directs you to the Mydlink login page, enter the username admin. Now, for the password, you must enter the Dlink default admin password. After entering the router default login info, you will gain access to your router’s administrator settings panel.
If the Screen Does Not Appear
If the login screen does not appear for the IP address you entered, it may not be the right one for your model. In such cases, locate your model information on the sticker at the back of the router. You can get a list of the router IP addresses for various models and their respective login credentials below. Now that you have your username and user password, complete your Dlink wifi router login.
The Mydlink login page or most gateways will feature a simple screen with two fields–username and password. And lastly, the “Enter” or “Login” button. Local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) prefer a user-friendly web interface for easy access.
After you have successfully logged in to the D-Link admin panel, you can change any available setting for your router model. Using custom settings prevents any malicious intruder to enter your private domain.
We strongly recommend writing down the current settings before making any changes. This will help you to easily revert the changes if things don’t go as anticipated.
D-Link Router can be configured in just a few minutes and once you have configured the router and set it up, your Wi-Fi connection will set up and you will be able to connect to the internet through your D-Link Router.
Before proceeding, make sure the ethernet cable is attached to modem or an active data jack to the ethernet port in back of your router.
Follow these steps to set up your D-Link Router –
- Power on your D-Link Router.
- Connect your PC to the router using an Ethernet Cable or WiFi.
- Once your PC is connected, open a web browser and go to http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1 (The default gateway address may vary from model to model, here is list of default router IP address).
- A login page will appear. The default username is admin and the password field is to be left blank. Click on Log In.
- Now, you can configure and set up your router using the Internet Connection Setup Wizard.
- Under Wireless Setup enter SSID (WiFi Name) and Key (Password).
- Under WAN Setup choose Connect type: DHCP/PPPoE/Static (You can ask your ISP about your internet connection and the required details).
- After you have configured your internet connection, you can then click on Save and Connect and the router will now connect to the Internet.
- You can then visit the Wireless Settings and set up your Wi-Fi Network including its SSID and password.
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