The Dlink DWR-921v3 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 DWR-921v3 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 DWR-921v3, follow our Dlink DWR-921v3 Login Guide.
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
Now that you have logged into the Dlink DWR-921v3 router you should see the page above. This is the home page.
To change your WiFi settings click the WiFi option at the top of the page. Then in the left sidebar click Wi-Fi Settings.
On this new page make sure there is a checkmark in the box called Enable Wireless.
Directly under that is the Wireless Network Name. This is how you identify your network later on. Make up a name to call your network. Be unique but avoid personal or router specific information. Learn more in our How to Change your Wireless Name guide.
If you want to change the Wireless Channel you would do that next. First, uncheck the box labeled Enable Auto Channel Scan. Then under that in the drop down box labeled Wireless Channel pick the new channel you want to use for your network. Make sure you use channels 1,6 or 11 only. Learn why in our guide titled WiFi Channels.
After that you need to locate the drop down menu labeled Security Mode. This is the type of encryption you plan on using for your network. I recommend using WPA-Personal.
Below that you need to narrow it down even farther. In the drop down box labeled WPA Mode choose WPA2 only. If you are interested in learning why this is the best choice read our guide titled WEP vs. WPA.
Go ahead and set the Cipher Type to AES.
Finally you need to create a Pre-Shared Key. This is the Internet password and it should be strong. It will not matter how strong your encryption is if you have a simple password. Make this password as complex as you can. The more random a password looks the stronger it is. Use a minimum of 14 to 20 characters. Learn how to create a strong password in our guide titled Choosing a Strong Password.
That's it. Now click the blue Apply button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
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.
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