Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-857

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The Dlink DIR-857 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-857.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-857

To get started configuring the Dlink DIR-857 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-857, follow our Dlink DIR-857 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-857

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

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This is the status page from your Dlink router.

On this new page click the option of SETUP at the top of the page. Then look in the left sidebar. Choose the option of WIRELESS SETTINGS.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-857

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This is the wifi setup page from your Dlink router.

This takes you to a page similar to the one seen above. Click the bottom option titled Manual Wireless Connection Setup.

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This is the wifi security page from your Dlink router.

On this page click the option to Enable Wireless.

Then in the box labeled Wireless Network Name enter a new name for your network. This name is how you identify your network. Do not use personal or router specific information in the network name. Learn more in our How to Change your Wireless Name guide.

If you are interested in changing your channel you can do that now. Deselect the option of Enable Auto Channel Scan. Then in the Wireless Channel drop down menu choose the channel you want to use. We recommend using channels 1,6 or 11 only. Find out more in our WiFi Channels guide.

Next, drop down to the Security Mode. Use the drop down list available to choose the security you want to use. I recommend using WPA-Personal.

At this point some new options should appear. Set the WPA Mode to WPA2 Only. This is the strongest security available to date. Learn what this means and your other options in our WEP vs. WPA guide.

Next, set the Cipher Type to AES.

Finally set the Pre-Shared Key. This is the network password. Make sure to use at least 14 characters here. Don't forget to include some symbols, numbers, and letters in this new password. It is important that this password be strong. The more random a password appears the stronger it will be. For more help check out our Choosing a Strong Password guide.

That's it, just don't forget to save your settings 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-857 Info

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This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-857.We also have the following guides for the same router: