Let’s say you moved in into a new place and you didn’t set up your desktop yet, but you need Wi-Fi for your phones, tablets, etc.
You may also want to install Wi-Fi in an area without PCs. It is possible.
Of course, you can do it. A big monitor can help you see all options in the admin panel and make it a lot easier. However, all the things you can do with a PC can be done on a tablet or smartphone. You could set up the router via a dedicated mobile app depending on the model or manufacturer.
What information do you need before you can set-up a Wi Fi router without a PC?
There are a few things you should know before configuring the router. The first is the SSID of the router. Service Set IDentifier is the abbreviation for Service Set IDentifier. It’s simply the name of the network created by your router. If you’re setting up a new one, it’ll usually be a name of brand+model number or frequency band (for example, TP-Link 015040, netgear37, Linksys00042, and so on). If you’re not sure, write the information down on the back of your router or in the box it arrived in.
You can also turn on the router while standing next to it.
After you have identified your default network name and password, you will need to identify an IP address and a default network password. Similar to the SSID in the previous section, they should be easy to locate on a sticker located at the router’s back. On a new router, the default router setting is usually ‘open,’ and you won’t need a password to access the network.
In some cases, default IP address may be written down as the IP address, i.e.192168.1.1. in other makes or models, or in the form domain. (i.e. tplinkwifi.net )
The administrator username and password are what you should be looking for before setting your WIFI router. This piece of information can be found on the back of your router. In most cases, the username is ‘admin’ or ‘administrator,’ and the password is ‘admin,’ ‘administrator,’ or ‘password.’ This field is usually left blank by manufacturers. Check the back of the router for a sticker or use Google (type in ‘default username and password for BRANDNAME Wi-Fi router’ in the search box).
NOTE: If you’re using a second-hand router, check sure it’s been reset before proceeding. This can be accomplished by plugging your router into a power outlet and waiting a few minutes. Following that, you’ll need a pin to push the router’s Reset button for a few seconds. The reset should return the router to factory settings, allowing you to use the default information on the back end sticker.
How to get to the Wi-Fi router’s settings without the PC?
You can use any qualifying device with a Wi-Fi capability to access your router’s Admin panel once you’ve acquired all of the information from the previous section.
Make sure the router is correctly linked to the modem before proceeding. If not, connect it to both the modem and the power outlet, turn it on using the power button, and wait a few minutes (let’s say 5 minutes to be safe).
The mobile app can be used to setup your router. It’s free to download and use if you follow the instructions. Let’s say you don’t want to search for the app. Using your mobile browser, you can get all the information you need.
Now that the router is up and running, go to your mobile device’s Wi-Fi search and search for the router’s SSID. To connect, tap on it and enter a default password, if necessary.
These steps will get you halfway to your goal if you follow them correctly.
Next, open any internet browser that you have installed on your device, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Enter the default IP address in the address bar. You will be redirected to the router’s login page by entering your default IP address. To continue, you will need the default administrator username & password.
Voila! Voila! You have entered the Admin Panel.
Each company has its unique user interface. These can differ between models as well. As a result, it’s pointless to try to explain where the individual options are in each admin panel, but here’s what you need to look for and change:
The SSID, administrator username, and password are the first things you should alter. Every hacker looks for networks with default SSIDs since it suggests the owner isn’t aware of the security threats and isn’t going to put up much of a defence. Although you are free to call your network whatever you like, the administrator username and password should be tough to guess for others but simple to remember for you. If you forget them and need to make changes, you’ll have to reset the router and repeat the process.
Set the wifi security to WPA3 or WPA2-PSK once you’ve made these changes. After that, select AES encryption. Now you’ll need to enter a network password.
When you’re finished, remember to save the modifications and reset the router.
You don’t need a computer to configure your wireless router. You can use your mobile phone or tablet to do the job.
First, locate the SSID (default network address), default IP address, default password, default administrator username, and password on your router’s back and note them down. (If you’ve got a second-hand router, boot it up and reset it by pushing the pin into the reset hole for a few seconds to return it to the factory settings.)
Turn on the router now and wait for five minutes.
Look for Wi-Fi networks that are available to your mobile device. Select the one with the same name of the default SSID that you found on the router’s back. If necessary, enter the default network password.
Once connected to Wi-Fi, open an internet browser and type in the default IP address into address bar. The login page will open—type in the default administrator username and password.
Voila! Voila! You’re in the admin panel. Now you can configure router.
Change the network’s name to something more personal and the administrator username/password.
After you’ve done this, go to the wireless security settings and choose WPA3-PSK or WPA2-PSK for the security protocol and AES for the encryption. Select a network password. Save the settings, then reboot the router.