There are chances that you have helped either your friends or family to install a wireless home network in their home. Even though we are sure that you have not made these mistakes during setups, the advances in home, networking equipment has introduced some new things that would confuse those who are non-IT customers and does not do this daily.
For most, connecting to the network is a set-and-forget thing. This can cause issues once something bad like losing power happens and you get a call asking for help.
Here is a bunch of mistakes that have really quick fixes.
Failing to determine the needs of the network before purchasing a router
Most people who purchase network gear just want to provide internet service to their devices. Problems happen when they do not think about the type of coverage that they need or how many devices they want to connect to their router and the type of walls they have in their house.
How to fix this: Preplan and know the layout of your home. Read the whole manual that comes with your router, not just the quick start guide. There are many features that you should know about, even if you do not use them.
Not recording old router settings before upgrading
Whenever someone wants to upgrade their router from an old system, they will just rip-and-replace without writing down information. This causes more configuring during the initial setup.
How to fix this: When you do your initial setup, write down your old router’s settings, password, and any other customized things. This is vital if you want to make it easier for your devices to access the router once it is set up.
Poor router placement
Most people just place their routers in a corner or a cabinet. This limits the performance of the router.
How to fix this: It is recommended that you place the router in an open space like a hallway. The higher up the antenna, the better. Figure out where you will need the most coverage and place it there if possible.
Connecting a new wireless router to an existing home network without powering the broadband router
Most home network modems will lock the first media access control address that they see on your network and will not give a new IP to the router unless a new power cycle happens.
How to fix this: Power your modem down when connecting to a new router.
Plugging the Ethernet cable from the modem to the router into LAN port instead of WAN port
This is an easy mistake to do and it happens a lot. Plugging the cable into the wrong port will keep the router from getting an internet signal.
How to fix this: Make sure that the cable is plugged in to the WAN/Internet port.
Leaving everything in default mode
The biggest error happens to be not setting up the Wi-Fi security, but it can include not changing the default Wi-Fi password to get into the router.
How to fix this: Change the password for the router, the SSID name and password to enable the security and adjust your Wi-Fi channel settings for the best coverage.
Setting a public policy when attaching a new device to a network
When it comes to adding a new device to a network, it will pop up with a box that asks if the connection is home, work, or public. If public is selected, then it will keep you from sharing anything with other devices.
How to fix this: When it comes to connecting new Windows machines to the network, make sure it is set to HOME.
Having older Wi-Fi devices that bring down the new router performance on the network
Many users upgrade their router, however, they fail to appreciate that older devices will bring down the overall performance of the network. That old mobile phone or laptop that you use once in a while may be bringing down your efficiency, given that Wi-Fi systems act on the “lowest normal denominator” perception.
How to fix this: Upgrade any older client gadgets that will nonetheless be on the community. You can also configure some routers to operate in an “802.11n only” or “802.11ac only” mode.
Not checking for firmware updates on your router
Although this has recently changed with some software that can check for updates, most routers do not change their firmware automatically.
How to fix this: Updating the firmware is a manual process that requires you to go to the manufacturer’s site to download the new firmware.
Jumping to the Hard Reset option
Many routers will have what is known as a hard reset button, which will put your router back at the default settings. Although this is sometimes the only option should something go wrong, but there are users that will jump to hard resetting their router only in extreme case.
How to fix this: If you are prepared by writing your information down first, doing a hard reset is not much of an issue. But it may cause more work to be done than what is needed, so think twice before hitting that button.