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Broadband Router Questions

What is a broadband router and how does it work?

A broadband router works as a communications device which enables the user to access high speed internet by connecting two different networks. It also routes the direct internet traffic between all the users on the network using Network Address Translation (NAT). It acts as a router, a firewall for hardware, a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server and as a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) modem for a particular network and all the systems/computers connected to it. Being an electronic gadget, it sometimes encounters unexpected errors. To know more about the problems related to broadband router, read below the answers provided by Experts.

How to reset a broadband router to get connected with the internet?

Take out the cable modem from your computer and connect to the “Wide Area Network” (WAN) or internet port of the broadband router. Use the router cable to connect your system to any of the Local “Area Network” (LAN) port of the router and make sure that the lights on the router illuminates during this entire process. To reboot the router and to set the same to its default settings, you have to press and hold the reset button of the router for 15 seconds before releasing it.

Now, to access internet, the next step would be setting up the wireless network. To do this, enter http://192.168.1.1/ in the browser. Leave the space meant for the user name blank and key in ‘admin’ as the password. Once logged in, click on the ‘wireless’ tab, change the network name and click on ‘save settings’. Change security mode to ‘WPA Personal’ by selecting ‘wireless security’ sub tab. At this point, you can create the new password and by using the password you should get connected to a new wireless network.

How to improve the strength of the wireless signal of a broadband router?

The positioning of the broadband router matters a lot when it comes to the strength of the wireless signal. Mostly, the user sitting close to the router would get better signal and faster connectivity than the user sitting farther away. The signal also may get weak if the usage is heavy. To deal with this situation, you may go for a router without the antenna. Or to enhance the signal strength, you can also use a wireless extender/repeater. It has to be positioned half way between the router and the area where the signal strength gets dropped; this would boost the signal strength.

Broadband routers are becoming extremely useful for a larger area of the work force deployed in several verticals. Even this device has become a household name as it enables several users to access high speed internet. Nowadays, the market is flooded with several different types of broadband routers manufactured by different companies. Make sure that the broadband router is compatible with the other devices connected to your network. The most important thing is to secure the router to prevent unauthorized use of it. You need to upgrade your broadband router’s security level from Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) to Wi-Fi Protected Access (WAP). Apart from this, the router may face other technical glitches and it is always better to get in touch with an Expert to be on the safe side when trying to troubleshoot any technical malfunction.

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