Lab – Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) Lab – Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers)


In this lab, you will configure basic settings on a wireless router.

  • A computer with Windows installed
  • An Ethernet NIC installed
  • Wireless router
  • Ethernet patch cable

Step 1: Connect the computer to the router.

a. Ask the instructor for the following information that is used during the lab.

Router Address Information:
IP address:____________________________________
Subnet mask:____________________________________
Router name:____________________________________

DHCP Server Setting Information:
Start IP address:____________________________________
Maximum number of users:____________________________________
Static DNS 1 (optional):____________________________________

Router Access:
Router Password:____________________________________

Note: Only use configurations assigned by the instructor.

b. Plug in the power of the wireless router. Boot the computer and log in as an administrator.

c. Connect the computer to one of the Ethernet ports on the wireless router with an Ethernet patch cable.

Note: If this is the first time connecting to the lab router, follow these instructions to set a network location. This will be explained later in the course.

d. In the Set Network Location window, select Public network. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 12

e. Click Close to accept the network location Public. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 13

f. Open a command prompt and type ipconfig /renew.

What is the default gateway for the computer?____________________________________

Step 2: Log in to the router.

a. Open Internet Explorer. Type the IP address of your default gateway in the Address field, and then press Enter. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 14

b. In the Windows Security window, type admin in the Password: field then click OK.

Note: If this user name and password combination does not work, as your instructor or refer to the documentation of the router for the correct user name and password for your router. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 15

c. The Setup screen appears. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 16

In the Internet Setup section, what is the Internet Connection Type assigned to the router?

d. Make sure the Internet Connection Type is set to Automatic Configuration – DHCP.

e. Locate the Network Setup section. Verify that the DHCP Server is enabled. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 17

What is the Router IP address and the subnet mask?

Record the DHCP Server Settings:
Start IP Address:____________________________________
Maximum Number:____________________________________
IP Address Range:____________________________________

f. Enter the Router Address and DHCP Server Setting information provided by the instructor: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Start IP Address, and Maximum Number of Users.

g. Click Save Settings. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 18

h. The router may need to reboot at this time. If necessary, reboot the router and log back in.

Step 3: Find the IP address information of the computer.

a. Open a command prompt.

b. Type ipconfig /all, and record the following information.

Computer IP information:
IP address:____________________________________
Subnet mask:____________________________________
DNS (optional):____________________________________

c. Click Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.

Note: In Windows Vista, click Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Manage network connections.

d. In the Network Connections window, right-click the correct Ethernet adapter and select Properties. Click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select Properties.

e. Use the recorded information to configure the NIC with static IP information. Click OK, and click Close. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 19

Step 4: Change QoS settings.

a. Click the Applications& Gaming tab and then select QoS.

b. Make sure WMM Support is enabled. Click Save Settings > Continue, if any changes were made. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 20

Step 5: Change router password.

a. Click the Administration tab and then select Management.

b. Type Network in the Router Password: and Re-enter to confirm: fields. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 21

c. Click Save Settings > Continue.

d. Log back into the router using the new IP address and password.

What IP address did you enter into the URL field of the browser?

What password did you use to access the router GUI?

Step 6: Reset the router to the original configuration.

a. Unless stated otherwise by the instructor, restore the router back to factory default if the option is available. Lab - Connect to a Router for the First Time (Answers) 22

If default restoration is not available, return the configurations to the following settings or settings provided by the instructor.

Router Address Information:

  • IP address: ………………………
  • Subnet mask: …………………..
  • Router name: …………………. Router

DHCP Server Setting Information:

  • Start IP address:……………….
  • Maximum number of users:.. 50
  • Static DNS 1 (optional): ……. or leave it blank

Router Access:

  • Router Password: ……………. Admin

b. Navigate to the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window on the computer. Select Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically. Click OK, and click Close.

c. Close the browser, log off the computer, and turn off the router.

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