I would like to share my experience configuring Belkin N Wireless Router (wireless device). It should be straight forward install but took me three to four hours to add these wireless routers in my network.
The exact Belkin N Wireless Router is Model No. F5D8233-4v3. FYI, other wireless device might be different to configure. Before you proceed with the wireless router setup, download the latest firmware of the device. You need to get the right version. Here's the how to configure the Belkin N Wireless Router.
HOWTO Step by Step Procedures to configure the wireless router.
- Connect the laptop to Wireless Router using the ethernet cable.
- Power-on the Wireless Router, the default IP Address is 192.168.2.1 to manage the device. This will provide the workstation with the next IP Address e.g. 192.168.2.2
- Open the Internet Explorer and type the URL Address 192.168.2.1, this will bring to the default page of Belkin Router Setup.
- First approach is to update the firmware version of your wireless device. Scroll down and click on Firmware Update to upload the new release. Wait for the device to complete the update, check the status bar.
- Click LAN Setting, it will prompt you to input your password. If you have not set your password, leave it blank and click Submit to continue. Check the IP Address e.g. 192.168.2.1, here you can update your wireless device IP Address. I recommend to check with your local administrator if you need to assign a different network IP and subnet mask. If you will allow this wireless router device to provide DHCP, check the IP Pool Starting and Ending Address. Make sure that you click Apply Changes to accept new information.
- Click on the Connection Type to setup your outside world (Internet) access. If you have a modem provided by your ISP, accepting default (Dynamic) should be ok. If you are using assigned static IP Address, select Static, click Next to add your IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway. You also need to add your DNS Resolver. I recommend to use Google DNS Resolver 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124. You can't go wrong with these IP's. At this time, your network setting is ready.
- Let's go ahead configure your Wireless, Channel and SSID. Select Wireless Channel 11, SSID for example KING.NET, Wireless Mode select 802.11b&802.11g&802.11n meaning your wireless router device support different models/security. Set Protected Mode to ON and click Apply Changes to save.
- Click Security, select 128bitWEp for Security Mode and enter the hex pairs. For example, AB CD EF 00 99 88 77 66 55 44 33 22 11. You can set your own 13 hex digit pairs. Of course you can also use 64bitWEP for a lighter security mode, where you can set 10 decimal key e.g. 1234567890. Click Apply Changes to accept modification.
- Set Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to DISABLED, click Apply Changes.
- Now connect your Wireless Router WAN Port to your ISP modem or router.
Reminder, you need to set the password for your Wireless Router for added security. Click the System Settings to update the device login password.
Testing, connect to your netbook or laptop to the wireless using the SSID and wireless key credentials. You should be able to surf your network and the Internet.
NOTE: I am not successful to use the Belkin N Wireless Router as "Use as Access Point". I also seek assistance of Belkin technical support through the 24x7 (1-877-736-5771) to figure this out but no luck. I tried to configure the device as access point. I can connect through the ethernet cable but not the wireless.