How to Setup D-Link Wireless Router Manually

D-Link quick setup wizard is enough for an average user to setup his router but for advanced options it is better learn how to configure this device manually. This tutorial explains how to configure every models of D-Link wireless router manually for advanced features. Here we learn how to enable Internet access, WiFi and WiFi security. First step of this guide is to make sure you can go online with modem by connecting computer to the Ethernet port of the modem. If it is fine, disconnect the modem and connect computer to one of the LAN ports of D-Link Wireless Router using an Ethernet cable. Now power on the device.

Configure Broadband Access On D-Link Router
  1. Access Setup Page:

    i. Type on Browser address bar and press enter.

    ii. Enter user name admin and leave password field blank. Click on login to access setup page.

  2. Click on Manual Internet Connection Setup
    steps to setup d link router

  3. Select Internet Connection type:

    Using the drop-down menu, you can select the Internet connection type you are using.

    Configuration details for each of the Internet connection types is listed below.

    1. Configure D-Link Router for Cable Internet Connection:

      To setup your router with cable Internet, select the option Dynamic IP(DHCP).
      Cable broadband

      If you are using cable Internet connection the most important step is to click on the button Clone Your PC's MAC Address. To know the importance of this step, click on the link below.
      Why MAC Address Cloning is Required for Cable Internet Connection

      If your cable ISP doesn't provide any details about Host Name, DNS Server etc leave them blank or keep the default value. Do not forget to click on Save Settings button.

    2. Configure D-Link Router with DSL Connection (PPPoE):

      With DSL broadband, you should select the option PPPoE(Username/Password) from the drop-down menu. Enter the User name and password provided by ISP.
      DSL broadband

      Keep the Address mode "Dynamic" if your ISP does not provide you any IP address details. Normally for DSL connection you do not need to clone computer MAC address unless asked by your ISP. Click on Save Settings after entering details.

    3. Configure D-Link Router with PPTP Connection:

      Steps to setup your router with PPTP connection is similar to PPPoE connection.
      PPTP Connection

    4. Configure D-Link with Static IP:

      Here you should enter the full IP address details provided by your ISP including Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, DNS Servers etc.

      After entering details click on Save Settings.

  4. Connect Modem to D-Link Router:

    • Connect the Internet port of D-Link router to the LAN Port of modem

    • Connect Computer to LAN port of Modem

    • Switch on Modem

  5. Power Cycle:

    I recommend you to perform a power cycle if you face any issues with going online. To do power cycle follow the steps mentioned in the link below.
    How to Power Cycle Router and Modem

Configure Wireless & Security

Right after configuring Internet access on D-Link router, you need to configure the wireless settings if you want to use it. Latest D-Link wireless routers support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies in order to extend its support to 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11n and 802.11g wireless standards. 802.11n supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz where 802.11a supports 5GHz only. 802.11b and 802.11g work in 2.4GHz. Here we share the manual steps to configure wireless and security on D-Link router.

  1. Login

  2. Click on Wireless Settings tab
    Dlink WiFi

  3. Click on Manual Wireless Connection Setup

  4. 2.4GHz Devices(802.11n,11g and 11b):

    1. Click on Enable Wireless and Select 802.11 mode (2.4GHz).
      configure 2.4ghz

      You can select one of the following 802.11 modes:

      • 802.11b Only
      • 802.11g Only
      • 802.11a Only
      • Mixed 802.11g and 802.11b
      • Mixed 802.11n and 802.11g
      • Mixed 802.11n,11g, 11b

    2. Check on Enable Auto Channel Scan:

      Now D-Link Wireless Router will automatically pick the channel with least interference.

    3. Wireless Network Name:

      Here you can write the name of your wireless network (SSID). SSID can be up to 32 characters and it is case sensitive.

    4. Select Channel Width:

      20/40 MHz if you are using both 802.11n and non 802.11n devices. If you are not using 802.11n devices you can select 20MHz.

    5. Visibility of SSID:

      If you do not want to show your SSID, you can check the option Invisible.

  5. 5GHz Devices (802.11n and 11a):

    1. Enable Wireless:
      5 GHz frequency

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a simple tutorial

Name said...

It is simple, I thought only with wizard I can configure this router.

Peter said...

Is there any compatibility issues between Linksys wireless router and D-Link wireless router ?

I read in forum one user face some difficulties with connecting a D-Link router and Linksys wireless router. When asked customer care they said both are not compatible. Any thoughts ?

Siju George said...

Normally there is no compatibility issues between Linksys wireless router and D-Link wireless router. To check more about your case please provide the model numbers of both routers you have.

Ashok said...

Thanks, it helped me.

Peter said...

I have an older version of D-Link Wireless router. When I contacted D link support, they said mine is too old to get support. Can you help me to fix my router?

James said...

I am planing to buy D-Link Gaming Router (DGL-5500), when available here. I would like to know the speed, wireless specifications, wireless and router security in D-Link DGL-5500 router and also want to know is it worth money?

Hope you can assist me.

Anonymous said...

The best configuration guide I ever read on D link router. Thanks