Setup WiFi on the Dlink DWR-953

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The Dlink DWR-953 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 DWR-953.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.


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 DWR-953

To get started configuring the Dlink DWR-953 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-953, follow our Dlink DWR-953 Login Guide.

Find the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DWR-953

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.

You begin on the Home page of the Dlink DWR-953 router. To change the WiFi settings you need to click the option of Wi-Fi at the top of the page.

Change the WiFi Settings on the Dlink DWR-953

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This is the wifi security page from your Dlink router.

Make sure the option of Wi-Fi Settings is chosen on the left side of the page.

If you are using 2.4GHz bandwidth stay to the top of the page. If you plan on using 5GHz use the bottom half of the page. I recommend using 2.4GHz unless you live in a large apartment building with more than 3 or 4 very close neighbors.

The first setting you can change is the Wireless Network Name also referred to as the SSID. This is how you identify your network. Create a unique name here that doesn't include personal or router specific information. Learn more in our How to Change your Wireless Name guide.

If you are interested in changing your channel you can do that on this page as well. Take the checkmark out of the box titled Enable Auto Channel Scan. Then below that open up the Channel drop down menu and choose the type of channel you want to use for your network. If you are using 2.4 GHz bandwidth I recommend choosing from channels 1,6 and 11. If you are using 5GHz bandwidth you have more channel options but a much weaker range. Learn more in our guide titled WiFi Channels.

Next is the Security Mode. I recommend using WPA-Personal. Learn what this is and what your other options are in our WEP vs. WPA guide.

Set the WPA Mode to WPA2 and the Cipher Type to AES.

Last of all you need to change the Pre-Shared Key. This is the Internet password. This is the key to your network so don't take this password lightly. It is important that you use at least 14 characters with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Learn more in our Choosing a Strong Password guide.

That's it, just click the blue Apply button when you are finished.

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 DWR-953 Info

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This is the wifi guide for the Dlink DWR-953.We also have the following guides for the same router: