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How To Setup a Wi-Fi Router Without a Computer

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Setting up a router is integral to getting your home network up and running. After all, running your network on default usernames and passwords can pose a massive security hazard as you’ll be vulnerable to potential attacks. Sadly, not everyone has a computer ready to set up their Wi-Fi router. 

Quick Answer

You can set up a Wi-Fi router without your computer using your mobile phone or any device that supports a web browser. You’ll need to access the default gateway and input the default credentials for your particular router.

In this article, we’ll go over all the steps you need to follow to set up your Wi-Fi router without your computer and any bottlenecks you might run into along the way. 

Step #1: Prepping Your Router

If you have a brand new router, skip this step. Otherwise, you’ll need to reset your router before you can set it up without your computer, as you will have no idea what the current username and password should be. To reset your router, follow these steps.

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  1. Locate the back of your router.
  2. Once there, you’ll find a tiny “Reset” button.
  3. Press the button. Usually, you’ll need to use a pin or a thin, sharp object to press it.

After doing so, the lights in your router should flicker, and after 30-60 seconds, it will have reset back to its default settings.

Important

Resetting your router brings all configurations you might’ve done back to their factory default settings. Therefore, you need to set up your router as soon as possible to avoid possible attacks.

Step #2: Connecting to the Router

Now that we’ve reset our router back to factory default, you need to connect to the router through Wi-Fi/LAN to be able to configure and subsequently set it up. Here’s how you can do so.

LAN Connection

If you have a device that can take in a LAN connection, all you need to do is plug an Ethernet cable from your router to your device, and you should be connected to your router. Contrary to popular belief, even mobile phones can be connected to your router via a LAN connection. 

Wi-Fi Connection

Follow these steps if you want to connect to your router through Wi-Fi.

  1. Locate the back of your router.
  2. You’ll notice a sticker with your Wi-Fi’s default SSID alongside the WPA2 password.
  3. Enter these credentials into your router.

After following these steps, you’ll be connected to your router via Wi-Fi. If you encounter a “No Internet Connection” error, no worries! This is because your router hasn’t been set up yet.

Step #3: Accessing the Default Gateway

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The Default Gateway is your router’s configuration page. Within it, you’ll be able to configure everything you need to your liking. To access the default gateway of your router, follow these steps.

On iOS

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  1. Open the Settings application on your iDevice.
  2. Head to “Wi-Fi” < Your Network’s Name.
  3. Tap on the icon.
  4. The address present right beside “Router” is your default gateway.

On Android

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  1. Open the Settings application on your Android device.
  2. Head to “Wi-Fi” < Your Network’s Name.
  3. The address beneath the “IP Address” label is your default gateway.

Trial and Error

If, for some reason, you aren’t able to find your default gateway through the methods mentioned earlier, you’ll have to resort to trial and error. In essence, you’ll have to input commonly used gateway addresses to find the one that your router is using.

Here’s a quick list of some of the most common default gateways.

  • 192.168.1.1.
  • 192.168.0.1.
  • 192.168.1.100.
  • 192.168.0.100.

After you’ve entered the right address, you’ll be greeted with a login splash screen/webpage. Once there, enter the username and password at the back of your router, and you should now be logged into your router’s default gateway.

Step #4: Setting Up Your Router

Now that you’ve logged into the gateway, all that’s left to do is to configure and set up your router according to your needs. Most routers have a guided configuration process which we highly recommend you opt for instead of doing things manually.

If the option isn’t available, here are some settings we recommend changing as soon as you enter your default gateway.

  • Changing your Wi-Fi password.
  • Changing your Wi-Fi’s SSID (name).
  • Changing your Wi-Fi’s security to the latest standard available (WPA2+).
  • Changing your max device limit.
  • Configuring your WLAN settings.
  • Changing your default gateway username and password.
  • Check for any devices connected to your Wi-Fi that you cannot identify.
Keep in Mind

When performing these configurations, ensure that your source Ethernet cable is plugged into your router and that your router can access the internet so that it can check for software updates.

Conclusion

There you have it! You have now successfully configured and set up your router according to your needs. With the advent of Wi-Fi, you really don’t need to use a computer to set up your router, and you can configure everything right from the comfort of your palm. 

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