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How to Find Your Wireless Router's Web Address

You plug in your brand-new wireless router. You plug the Ethernet cable from your DSL or cable modem into the router's WAN port (or Internet port, as it might be labeled). You plug the Ethernet ...

How to Enable WMM Support on Your Router

WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia) is an automated service that gives priority to multimedia running through your wireless network. That includes voice, video and audio that, when you're using, you want to always work.

How to Change Your Router's Wireless Channel

All wireless signals operate within one of 11 frequency zones, and when too many nearby routers are running on the same frequency, it could slow down the network and prevent you from doing the things ...

Change Your Router's Media Access Control (MAC) Priority Settings: How to

MAC settings are typically under the Quality of Service settings, though MAC priorities affects hardware settings instead of software. Assigning MAC priorities allows you to rank the devices in your h...

Change Your Router's Quality of Service (QoS) Settings: How to

Some routers allow you to customize exactly what multimedia gets priority via a process known as Quality of Service (QoS). For instance, perhaps you want to make sure that video streaming always gets more love than streaming audio.

How to Use the 5-GHz Band on Your Router

Channels are a series of sub-bands that operate within the 2.4- or 5-GHz bands. The 2.4-GHz band worked really well when the number of devices operating on the band were few and far between, but with ...

How to Disable Guest Networks on Your Router

Many wireless routers allow you to create two networks, one network for your personal devices and a guest network for folks who are just visiting. These guest networks are typically not secured networ...

Change Your Router's SSID and Disable SSID Broadcast: How to

By default, your wireless network transmits a service set identifier (SSID) so devices with a wireless network adapter can see the networks in range of their device and attempt to connect. This is how...

Set a Password on Your Wi-Fi Network: How to

Wireless networks at home have become the new de facto standard, though many households leave their networks open and susceptible to unwanted connections. One of the best ways to secure your network i...

How to Change Your Router's IP Address

No matter how clever your username and password, login credentials can be cracked. For an added layer of security, you can change your router's IP address.