The Dlink DGL-5500 router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.
Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.
Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.
An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.
Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.
You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.
To get started configuring the Dlink DGL-5500 WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Dlink DGL-5500, follow our Dlink DGL-5500 Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
This WiFi guide begins on the Home page of the Dlink DGL-5500 router. Click the link on the left side of the page labeled Setup, it has a star next to it. Then on the top of the page, click the choice of WIRELESS SETTINGS.
First is the Wireless Network Name. This is the name you give your network so you that you can identify it later on. Don't use personal information here. To learn more, read our Wireless Names Guide.
Now, find the Wireless Channel. All you need to do here is be sure you are on channel 1,6, or 11. To find out why these these channels are important, read our WiFi Channels Guide.
The next section is titled WI-FI PROTECTED SETUP. We strongly suggest not using this option. Read our What is WPS Guide for more information.
Next is the WIRELESS SECURITY MODE. Use the drop down menu and choose WPA-Personal. This is the option you should use for home use.
In the WPA section, use the WPA Mode to choose the WPA2 Only for the best results. Read our guide titled WEP vs. WPA for more information.
Under that is the Cipher Type. Choose between TKIP and AES. We recommend AES.
The last thing you will need to change is the Pre-Shared Key. This is the password. We recommend using at least 20 characters. To learn how to create a strong and memorable password, read our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.
Click the Save Settings button and you are finished.
After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.
Don't forget about our other Dlink DGL-5500 info that you might be interested in.