When you purchase a wireless router for your home or small office network setup, it is required that you configure its settings as per your personal preferences. The main configuration modifications that you make in such wireless router can be of modifying the IP addressing scheme that the router has. The default IP address range that such wireless routers have may differ depending upon their vendors. Modifying the IP address range and changing the entire addressing scheme according to your local area network can ease the accessibility of the local computers and resources in the LAN.
In this section you will learn how you can modify the default IP addressing scheme that your wireless router may have, and make it easier for you to manage the client computers to which the wireless router may assign the automatic IP addresses using its internal DHCP server feature.
In order to make such modifications in your wireless router, you must have the administrator’s username and password of the router so that you can access its admin console.
Below is the process using which you can easily configure the IP address settings in your wireless router as per your individual preferences:
- Open the default web browser.
- In the address field at the top of the window, type the default IP address of the wireless router and hit Enter key. (You can find the default IP address of your wireless router in the user’s manual that was shipped along with device. You can also check the router’s vendor’s official website for the default IP address for the specific model that you have).
- On the displayed Authentication Required box, provide the default username and password for the router and click Log In. (In most cases, the default username is ‘admin’ and the default password is ‘password’).
- On the opened interface, click the LAN Setup option under the Advanced section in the left pane.
- On the window that appears next, under the LAN TCP/IP Setup section, provide the IP address and subnet mask of your choice that you want this wireless router to assign to the wireless client computers.
- Once done, click the Save button at the bottom of the interface. Optionally you can also specify the maximum available IP addresses for the client computers in the Starting IP Address and Ending IP Address fields manually.
- Once everything is done, restart all the client computers to allow them to receive the new of IP addresses of the new range assigned by the wireless router’s DHCP server.
Note: In this demonstration, the NETGEAR N150 Wireless Router is used. Although the interfaces may differ in the different wireless routers manufactured by different vendors, the basic and the bottom line of IP address configuration always remains the same.