Advanced and Special Features
Router settings allow the functionality of a router to be customized to your wireless home network needs.
WHNME would like to take a moment and show our visitors some of the neat features inside wireless routers.
When the majority of people setup their wireless router for use, they’re so anxious to get it working and installed that they forget about all the options.
Mostly because they use the installation CD that came in the box, referred to as the “Setup CD” or “Installation Wizard”.
The Installation CD only sets up the very basic needs of the router, like the SSID, Security Mode, and Passphrase, and is not even required to setup and configure your wireless router.
Let’s get started:
We’re going to show you how to manually login to a routers configuration utility, and setup all the innovative features which modern day wireless routers contain, giving you amazing control over your wireless home network.
It’s important that you become familiar with your router settings full potential, so we’ll be going through some of the most useful features they contain, and at the end of the day you will feel as if you have “become one!” with your wireless router.
There are many brands of routers in the market today, so you will need to know the procedure for logging into your make and model, which differs slightly between each manufacture.
Since there are so many manufacturers producing wireless routers in today’s world, we have chosen to support 4 of the industry’s leading best sellers of wireless enable networking equipment if you need assistance gaining access to the router.
|Linksys Router Login Procedures||Netgear Router Login Procedures|
|Belkin Router Login Procedures||D-Link Router Login Procedures|
I’ll be giving a short description of each router feature contained in today’s high performance wireless routers, explaining their function and providing a useful scenario in which it can be used for.
Click on the description title to be forwarded to a step by step procedure using screen shots demonstrating how to configure and begin using these very useful and amazing wireless router settings.
Wireless security is a very important feature to setup correctly, because it keeps your family and personal information safe.
I will not only show you how to create passwords of incredible strength, but incorporate “MAC address filtering” which will only allow network equipment you specify to even be allowed to connect with your wireless router, as well as turning off your SSID broadcast making your wireless network invisible to your neighbors and surrounding area.
The quality of service feature is another great feature to take advantage of on your wireless network. It gives you the ability to push network priority to any device which needs a little more attention or “quality of service”.
So when you’re making that long distance Vonage phone call, or streaming out that movie from your media hub while your kids are gaming online taking up all the bandwidth, your phone call won’t be choppy and your streaming movie wont buffer or pause during its operation.
Instead your router will assign higher priority to those devices allowing for a smooth network experience for your chosen equipment.
If you’re a gamer and are tired of just the normal experience of gaming by yourself, and wish to “Take on the world” so to speak, then you might want to open the external ports on your wireless router for your favorite online gaming server.
I’ll show you how to setup multi port forwarding for all your favorite games, and put your skills to the test while you challenge other players from around the world.
If you’re always leaving your files at home, or finding yourself needing to access your files from the computer at home, then home network attached storage is a very cool solution, and you don’t need to have an expensive USB external hard drive to use this feature.
This neat little feature allows you to attach a USB external hard drive or flash drive to the available USB port on the back of your wireless router, and share all or just portions of it to each member in your family.
With the additional “FTP Server” option, you can even connect to your wireless router from anywhere in the world across the Internet, turning your router into an FTP Server so you can simply download your programs and work files anytime you like.
Use the UPnP Media Server feature to create a media folder on your (NAS) Network Attached Storage device, allowing your
Blu-ray, Xbox 360, PS3 or other UPnP Media Extenders connected to your wireless home network to access it.
This enables you to stream out movies while sifting through a movie jukebox type graphical user interface as if you had your own personal movie rental store right in your home.
Every network device in the world that is connected via a network interface card or has the ability to connect to a wireless network contains a very unique address similar to a VIN vehicle identification number for an automobile, there is only one like it.
In the computer world, we refer to this very unique address as the “Hardware Address” or “MAC address” of a particular piece of network equipment.
The MAC address filtering feature in your router allows you to maintain a list of PC’s or devices by its physical address that are either “Permitted” or “Prevented” from accessing the wireless network.
It’s a very tough piece of added security, because the rules are simple. If you’re not on the “List” game over!
The remote management feature gives you the ability to login via the Internet from anywhere in the world, access your routers configuration screens and make dynamic changes in real time.
In case you forgot to set the parental settings on your router before your big business trip, leaving your kids unattended at home unknowing to the havoc they’re about to create in your absence.
With a few clicks of the mouse, or web enabled smart phone you can adjust your router settings and shutdown your kids entire operation by putting your “Parental Guidance” router policy into effect, giving you peace of mind to focus on your business presentation instead.
That’s it! These are just some of the very impressive router settings and features which can make your wireless home network not only safer for your family, but provide useful tools for sharing and streaming your media, while giving you ultimate control at home or on the road.
Congratulations! You are now running your router like an expert network administrator.