Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-855

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The Dlink DIR-855 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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This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-855.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.

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.

Encryption

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-855

To get started configuring the Dlink DIR-855 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-855, follow our Dlink DIR-855 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-855

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

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This is the setup page from your Dlink router.

You begin on the INTERNET CONNECTION page of the Dlink DIR-855 router. To setup the WiFi, click the link in the left sidebar labeled WIRELESS SETTINGS.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-855

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This is the wifi setup page from your Dlink router.

You are then taken to a new page that looks like the one you see above. Click the button near the bottom of the page labeled Manual Wireless Network Setup.

This takes you to a page where the first thing you do is enter a new wireless name. This name is is how you identify your network when you need to. Use the box labeled Wireless Network Name to enter a name of your choosing. Don't use personal information here but be creative. To learn more, read our Wireless Names Guide.

To change your wireless channel, you first need to uncheck the box that reads Enable Auto Channel Scan. Then in the box titled Wireless Channel, select the channel you want to use. Make sure you are using channel 1,6, or 11. If you want more info on why these three channels are important, read our guide titled WiFi Channels.

Now look a little farther down the page and find the Security Mode. For home networks, we recommend using WPA-Personal. To learn what the different options are and why this is the best choice, read our guide on the topic by clicking this link.

Narrow down your WPA choice by using the WPA Mode box to choose the most secure option of WPA2-Only.

The Cipher Type should be set to AES. This is the most secure encryption available today.

The last thing you should change is the Pre-Shared Key. This is the password you use to gain access to your local wireless network. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters with a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols. To learn more about this topic, read our Choosing a Strong Password Guide.

That's it, just click the Save Settings button before you exit.

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-855 Info

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This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-855.We also have the following guides for the same router: