Setup WiFi on the Dlink DIR-868L

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The Dlink DIR-868L 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-868L Guides

This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-868L. 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-868L

To get started configuring the Dlink DIR-868L 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-868L, follow our Dlink DIR-868L Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-868L

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 DIR-868L router.

You begin on the Internet Connection page of the Dlink DIR-868L router. To configure the wireless settings, click the link in the left side-bar labeled WIRELESS SETTINGS.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DIR-868L

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This is the wifi setup page from your Dlink DIR-868L router.

This directs you to the page you see here. Click the link at the bottom of the page labeled Manual Wireless Connection Setup.

Once on this new page, place your cursor in the box labeled Wireless Network Name. This is the name you will create so that you can identify it later on. Don't use any personal information here because any scanning wireless device can see this information. To learn more about this topic, click this link.

The next thing that you can change if you want to is the Wireless Channel. To do this, the box titled Enable Auto Channel Scan should be unchecked. Then in the box titled Wireless Channel select the channel you want to use. Just be sure you are using channel 1,6, or 11. To learn more about this topic, click this link.

Now, scroll down to the Security Mode and choose the WPA-Personal option. This is the best option for home networks. To learn more about the different security options, click this link.

Narrow this choice down even farther with the WPA Mode box. We recommend the option of WPA2 Only.

Set the Cipher Type to AES for the best encryption.

Next is the Pre-Shared Key. This is the password use use to grant access to your network. We recommend using at least 14-20 characters along with a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols. Don't use personal information. Don't use words found in a dictionary either. To learn how to create a strong and memorable password, read our guide by clicking this link.

You've done it, all there is left to do is click the Save Settings button.

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-868L Info

Don't forget about our other Dlink DIR-868L info that you might be interested in.

This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DIR-868L. We also have the following guides for the same router: