The following is from Windows Help and Support: Set up the router
If your router displays the Windows 7 logo or the phrase "Compatible with Windows 7," you can set it up automatically using the latest version of Windows Connect Now (WCN) on Windows 7 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2. Follow these steps to set up your router automatically:
- Unpack the router and plug it into a power source. Because you are using WCN, you don't need to physically connect the router to your computer.
- [IMG]mshelp://help/?id=Microsoft.Windows.Resources.ShellExecuteTopicIcon[/IMG]Click to open Connect to a Network.
- A list of networks currently available is displayed.
- Click the default network of your router, which is identified by the manufacturer name.
- Follow the instructions on your screen.
- WCN sets up the network with security turned on by default. You can change the security settings later if desired.
Even if WCN isn't available, most routers come with a setup CD that will assist you in setting it up. Review the information that came with your router.
If WCN isn't available, you can also follow these steps to set up the router manually:
- Unpack the router and plug it into a power source.
- Connect one end of the network cable to the computer’s wired network adapter and connect the other end to the wireless router (in any port that isn't labeled "Internet," "WAN," or "WLAN").
- Open your web browser and type the address of the router’s configuration webpage. For most routers, the address to the configuration webpage is either http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1. The following list provides information about how to access the webpage for some of the most common routers.
After you access the configuration page, you'll be asked to log in with a user name and password. To find the user name and password, refer to the table above or review the information that came with your router.
- Run the router’s setup utility, if there is one. If there is no setup utility, configure the following settings manually by referring to the information that came with your router.
- Choose a name for the wireless network by specifying the service set identifier (SSID).
- Select the kind of encryption (WPA, WPA2, or WEP) you want to use for security and turn it on.
- We recommend using WPA2, if possible. We don't recommend using WEP. WPA or WPA2 are more secure. If you try WPA or WPA2 and they don't work, we recommend that you upgrade your network adapter to one that works with WPA or WPA2.
- Choose a security key to be used for access to the wireless network.
- Change the default administrative password of the router to a new password so that other people can't gain access to your network.