Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-809

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The Dlink DIR-809 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.

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Other Dlink DIR-809 Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-809. We also have the following guides for the same router:

WiFi Terms

Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.

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Wireless Name

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.

Wireless Password

An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.

Wireless Channel

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.

Login To The Dlink DIR-809

To get started configuring the Dlink DIR-809 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 DIR-809, follow our Dlink DIR-809 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-809

If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.

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This is the wan page from your Dlink DIR-809 router.

Simply click the option in the left sidebar labeled WIRELESS SETTINGS.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-809

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This is the wifi setup page from your Dlink DIR-809 router.

This takes you to the Wireless Settings page.

In this guide we cover five settings:

  • The Wireless Network Name (SSID): This is the name you give your network so you can recognize it later on. This name can be anything you like but avoid personal information. Learn more in our Change your Wireless Name guide.
  • The Wireless Channel: The channel does not normally need to be changed. If you feel it does please stick to using channels 1, 6, or 11. Learn why this is important in our WiFi Channels guide.
  • The Security Mode: Opening up the drop down menu you can find a list of different security options you can use. The one we recommend is WPA2 Wireless Security. Find out what this means and your other options in our WEP vs. WPA guide.
  • The Cipher Type: The strongest and therefore what we recommend is AES.
  • The Network Key: This is the Internet password. This needs to be strong. Use a minimum of 10 characters with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Learn more on our Creating a Strong Password page.

That's all there is to it. Don't forget to click the Apply button to save your changes.

Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings

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.

Other Dlink DIR-809 Info

Don't forget about our other Dlink DIR-809 info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-809. We also have the following guides for the same router: