This router grants access to the internet, such as Facebook and playing online games. Although plugging your router to the wall to get internet from your internet service provider allows you to have access to the basic network, you will have a greater experience using the internet if you go into the router's admin page.
GAINING ACCESS TO THE ROUTER
Steps to have access to the admin page of your router for utmost efficiency;
- Make sure your computer is connected to the Cisco router through a wired Ethernet, which is more efficient or a Wi-Fi.
- Type in the internet protocol address of your Cisco router into your web browser. It can be found at the bottom of the router and online.
- The login page of the admin's menu of your router will appear, and you will need to put in your password and username of the router if this is your first time accessing the menu. The password and username information can be found at the bottom of the router.
You can make changes to your router after you've logged in. For example, the password and username can be changed since this information is listed on the Cisco website, where anyone can see it. And if it is easily accessible to the public, then anyone can make changes to the settings.
HOW TO CHANGE THE PASSWORD AND USERNAME
- Click on the router’s general settings menu.
- Locate the password and username field and put in the changes of your choice.
- Save the changes.
You can also change your Wi-Fi and SSID password and username. The steps include;
- Click on the settings menu of the router’s wireless network.
- Look for the SSID password field and make the changes.
- Look for the wireless password field and make the changes.
Two routers are not the same, and the Cisco router can do more than others. Wi-Fi ports and VPN settings can also be changed.
WHAT IS A ROUTER?
A router can be seen as a doorway between your computer devices and your internet service provider. The internet comes with the internet service provider through a wired connection like a fiber optic cable. It is then connected to your router's Wide Area Network port. The router accepts the internet and distributes it over the Wi-Fi network. Ethernet ports are also available on the router to allow the computers to use a wired connection to access the internet.
The Cisco router then transmits the internet with the aid of its private and public IP addresses. The private IP address allows you to have access to the admin page of the router. And computer devices utilize this address to get connected to the router, and a data request is sent over the network to the address when the computer visits a website. In addition, every computer device has a private internet protocol address that can send back information gotten from the internet.
The router uses the public IP address to receive and requests information from the internet. The request goes to the router, and then the private internet protocol address transfers the request over to the public internet protocol address. The router sends the request to the website’s public internet protocol address. The website then receives the request and transmits it back to the computer that made such request.
The Cisco router acts as a barricade that prevents various threats present on the internet.
The Cisco router can prevent threats using a firewall to keep the computer safe, and the security gets updated along with the router. Always ensure that the firmware of your router is up to date.
Cisco has some other features, which includes;
This router has a dual or tri-band. This means that it has two different networks for a dual-band router. Even though a 2.4Ghz network is slower, it gets along well with many computer devices. On the other hand, 5Ghz is faster and less liable to traffic congestion, and it has a shorter range and works with newer devices. Tri-band routers can have two 5Ghz bands and one 2.4Ghz band.
This helps parents stay in control to protect their children from adult content or assisting business owners in preventing their employees from being distracted.
The router might come with USB ports, and these ports make it possible for you to use network storage by connecting an external hard drive or USB drive to the port. The extra storage can get accessed by computer devices with the help of the Wi-Fi network, and documents, music and images can be shared using the network storage.
CONTROL OF TRAFFIC
Some devices like laptops used to stream videos or play games online need very high internet speed, unlike phones. Therefore, quality of service has been developed to allow the network admin to determine how the Wi-Fi network will be distributed.
EASE OF MANAGEMENT
These days, routers are created with a dedicated smartphone application that makes it easier for you to understand the wireless network's signal strength. And this makes it easier to diagnose or debug any problems, which helps one decide the appropriate location for your router. The application can also be used to access the admin page of the router.