You probably already know that when you take your router out of the box, it has already been configured to the most basic settings possible. After all, what manufacturer would want to receive support calls when you cannot figure it out? Unfortunately, that means a simple setup that might not work well with what your network expectations are.
Many users would instead prefer to add Linux to their router, allowing you the option to open up your router to more specific settings. If this sounds like something that you would like to do, this is how you can go about it.
- Set up your router. Your first step is to look at BlueGadgetTooth to find the most recommended routers for Spectrum, Comcast, or whichever ISP you are using. Then you will need to hook up your router to your modem and make sure that it is operating. Do not configure settings; just confirm that it works. Use the wired Ethernet port to connect, so you do not tamper with the wireless settings.
- Download firmware. Next, you will need to download the firmware onto your computer for the router. There is a list at dd-wrt.com that will allow you to search for your router to download the appropriate firmware. You should be able to find the model of your router and then firmware that is “supported by.”
- Locate your IP address. You will then need to find the router’s IP address. The easiest way is to launch the command line (Windows Key+R) by typing “CMD.” Then press enter. Type in “ipconfig” and press enter. “Default Gateway” is your router’s IP address.
- Find the router’s interface.< Next, you will need to find the router’s interface using the IP address. Open up a browser on your computer and type in http:// and then the IP address and press enter.
- Log into the router. You will need to log into the router next. The login information will have come with the router, so check the packaging or on the router itself.
- Add the firmware: Once inside of the router’s settings, you will want to upgrade the firmware. You will be looking for an “admin” or “administrator” section. Under that, you should be able to upload the firmware that you downloaded.
- Reboot the router. After the firmware has been uploaded, you should get a reboot prompt, or it might just reboot itself. Once rebooted, wait about 5 minutes and then unplug the router. Then wait 30 seconds and plug it back in to restart it.
- Log in. When the router is up again, log back into it. The IP address might have changed, and you might need to find it again. Often, the IP is 192.168.1.1. You might want to change the login information at this time.
- Configure it. Under the settings, you will want to find the wireless settings. It should be set to SSID for each interface. Remember to save it. Next, find wireless security and set your Wi-Fi password. Apply the settings.
- Get going. You should be all set with your new Linux configuration for your router. The new firmware will allow for a lot of different options, so you will need to look through it to figure out what you would like to do and how you would like to set it.
Remember that when you alter the firmware for your router, the router’s customer service will be less likely to be able to help you should you run into trouble. Only change settings that you know how to work.