There was a time when using the internet meant tons of wires crossing throughout one’s home. However, the times have changed and wireless access is the norm. And that is, for the most part, a good thing. However, it can be a bit more complex than simply plugging in a cord. There’s a few settings that one needs to focus on before really trusting a wireless connection.

First and foremost, one should find the control panel for the router. This is typically done by plugging a computer into it, and then going to a variant of on that computer’s browser. It might use a different port number, but typically the router will claim for itself.

Once at the page, one can change the various settings. Every router will use slightly different terminology, but in general it should be easy to figure out the different terminology. One very important thing to check on is the password. One will typically receive a router in a state where it’s either open or using a default password. One should change that setting immediately and use a new and secure one.

Next, one should look within the control panel for a link similar to “connected devices”. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on this, as it shows every device connected to the router. Within that setting, one can also ensure IP address assignment will remain consistent. This is similar to the fact that the router is itself hooked into the assignment for the IP address. By using this setting one can ensure that every device will have a set IP address that can be accessed through the router.