Wireless Configuration

Belkin Wireless Routers


Multiple users working over the LAN (local area network) can use single high speed Internet connection with the help of Belkin wireless router. It is very easy to configure Belkin wireless router for your local area network but the only condition is to follow all recommended steps in sequence. These steps allow a healthy communication between router and modem for establishing an Internet connection.

Configuration steps

Unplug the Ethernet cable and AC cord from the back of your Computer’s Internet modem.

The next step is to plug Ethernet cable at the back of your Belkin wireless router. The cable should be inserted in the port number one. The port number one is marked with “To your Computer” label.

Now use another Ethernet cable and plug one end of cable with your modem and other end with Belkin wireless router. This Ethernet cable should be plugged in port number two marked with “To your Modem” label.

This is the time to plug back AC cord with your modem and pause for half minute after plugging the AC cord cable.

The next step is to plug in router’s AC cord cable and wait again for one minute.

Now check your Internet connection, if you are already connected to it then you have successfully configured the Belkin wireless router on your computer. The only task to complete is to connect another computer so that other users can also access the same Internet connection. If you are still unable to connect with Internet, then unplug your router and modem and wait at least for ten minutes before repeating all configuration steps.

You can also connect Belkin wireless router with your laptop with the help of network name and network password. Click over the wireless Internet connection available at the bottom right corner of the desktop. Enter the wireless security key for connecting yourself with Internet. Once you have made the right configuration you can access Internet at your laptop.

You can also delete the configuration settings of Belkin wireless router by pressing the reset button available at the back end of router. Hold the reset button at least for 30 second and also turn off the power supply. Wait for 60 seconds so that router can delete the configuration setting. Once settings are deleted, you can reconfigure the Belkin wireless router according to your requirement.

How to put security on your configured Belkin wireless router

Security is the main concern when you are exchanging information over web. For securing confidential information it is recommended to use encryption standard along with Belkin wireless router. Belkin wireless routers are available in different range and capabilities. You can buy best wireless router according to your requirement. The most common encryption standards used along with Belkin wireless router are WEP, WPA and MAC address control. WEP and WPA cannot be used together. So you have to use only one of them according to your requirement. But MAC address control security mechanism can be used along with WEP or WPA.

Once you have installed security standards on your network, the next step is to configure wireless client otherwise the client will not be able to connect with your wireless network. If any computer is connected through wire with the router then it is recommended to configure wireless security settings through that computer only.

Configuring WEP with your Belkin wireless router

There are four LAN ports available at the back end of Belkin wireless router. Connect your computer with any one of the four available LAN ports. The next step is to type http://192.168.2.1 IP address in the address bar and click on the Enter button to open the router page. As soon as the router page is open, click on the Login link available at the top of the router page. Leave the password field blank for login to the router page.

Check the wireless menu and click over the Security sub link. There is a WEP encryption link under the Security sub link. Select Key 1 and type a strong 10 digit hexadecimal key in the field. The key should be difficult to crack by the hacker. Don’t forget to store the key as backup and apply all security settings. This key is an essential requirement for configuring your wireless computer later.

Configuring WPA with your Belkin wireless router

There are four LAN ports available at the back end of Belkin wireless router. Connect your computer with any one of the four available LAN ports. The next step is to type http://192.168.2.1 IP address in the address bar and click on the Enter button to open the router page. As soon as the router page is open, click on the Login link available at the top of the router page. Leave the password field blank for login to the router page.

Check the wireless menu and click over the Security sub link. There is a WPA or WPA 2 encryption link under the Security sub link. You can select any one of those two encryption standards according to your requirement. Select WPA/WPA 2 as authentication and AES as the encryption standard. Type the pre shared key that must be 8 to 63 characters long. Pre shared key is case sensitive so you have to extra careful while deciding the key. Don’t forget to take the back up of pre shared key for future use. As we know WPA/WPA 2 is stronger encryption scheme as compared to WEP security standard. You can select any one of WEP and WPA/WPA 2 according to your requirement.

Configuring MAC address control with your Belkin wireless router

For making your wireless network more secure, the next step is to configure MAC address control list along with WEP or WPA/WPA 2. Before configuring MAC, you should know the hardware address of your wireless device. After specifying MAC control list, you can Allow or Deny a particular wireless device from entering your network.

There are four LAN ports available at the back end of Belkin wireless router. Connect your computer with any one of the four available LAN ports. The next step is to type http://192.168.2.1 IP address in the address bar and click on the Enter button to open the router page. As soon as the router page is open, click on the Login link available at the top of the router page. Leave the password field blank for login to the router page.

Check the wireless menu and click over the Security sub link. Choose MAC address control option from Security sub link. You can check two links there: Allow or Deny. Now enter the IP address of those devices that you want to Allow or Deny. Also add the address of all wireless clients so that they can access your network. Once you have added all the IP addresses, click on the Add Changes option. Now MAC security standard has been successfully configured with Belkin wireless router.