How To Setup D-Link Router: A Comprehensive Guide

Before you can start using your D-Link router to share the same internet connection across multiple devices, you first need to configure it. D-Link routers come with a Setup wizard which is a convenient way to set it up. You just need to connect your router to your modem, connect a computer to your router, and run the said wizard to set up your D-Link router successfully. If you are a D-Link router user and looking to set it up, then you need to go through this article thoroughly.


Here we have mentioned detailed steps to set up your D-Link router, and after going through them, you should be able to set up your router by yourself.

Making The Hardware Connections

First, you need to make the necessary hardware connections. Hardware connections necessarily consist of connecting the modem to your router and then connecting your router to the computer that you are working on. But, these connections should be made following proper steps. Follow the steps mentioned below to connect all the necessary hardware required to set up your D-Link router.

Connecting The Router And The Modem

  1. Connect the power adapter that came with your D-Link router to the router and your power source.
  2. Next, connect your modem to your router using an ethernet cable. Connect one end of the ethernet cable to your modem and the other end to the WAN port of your D-Link router. The WAN port is generally colored black or yellow to distinguish it from the other outgoing Ethernet ports.
  3. Power on your modem and router.

Now, wait for sometime for the Power, WAN, and WiFi lights to turn on. This should typically take only a few seconds.

Note: If you are using a D-Link router model that comes with a built-in modem, then you don’t need to connect your router to another modem.

Connecting D-Link Router To A Computer

You can connect your D-Link router to your computer either by making wired connections or wirelessly. Here, we have mentioned both the process.

Making Wired Connection

Take an ethernet cable and make a connection between your computer’s Ethernet port and one of the LAN ports of your D-Link router. The ethernet port of your computer is typically located at the backside. In laptops, you generally find it at along the sides.

Making Wireless Connection

If you are using a wireless connection to set up your D-Link router, then after powering on your modem and router, click the network icon on the system tray. Next, click on the network name associated with your D-Link router. Generally, you should see the name ‘D-Link’ showing up.


After clicking on the network name, you need to enter the password which is specified on the configuration card. Next, click on Connect to join your computer to your D-Link router network.


After making the hardware connections, it’s time to set up your D-Link router. Let’s learn how to do that.

Setting Up D-Link Router

  1. Open a web browser of your choice and type the IP address of your router. If you don’t know the IP address of your router, then try or which usually is the default address for D-Link routers. This will take you to your router’s login page.
  2. In the login page, enter your login credentials, viz., your username and password. The default username is ‘admin’ and the default password, depending on the router model you are using. It either is ‘admin’ or ‘password’ or just blank. After entering the username and password, click on OK.
  3. Click on the Setup Wizard to continue with the configuring process.

The Setup Wizard automatically selects a lot of configuration settings based on defaults for your connection type. Then it prompts you with a series of questions to further configure it.

Working With The Setup Wizard

Now, you need to select your connection type. For most cable modem users, it is DHCP.

Next, select PPPoE for your network protocol type. For most DSL and ADSL users, it is PPPoE. If you aren’t sure of your network protocol type, you can contact your ISP to confirm. Once you select PPPoE, you will be prompted to enter the PPPoE username and password. Click on Next to continue with the setup process.

Now, enter a new network name and password of your choice for your local WiFi network. Make sure your network name is memorable, and your password is strong.

Next, you need to select your time zone from the drop-down menu.

Click on Next to complete the Setup process. Click Save to save the settings. Then, test the connection by trying to open a website on your browser.

These are the detailed process of setting up your D-Link router. Hope, after going through the steps as mentioned above you can successfully set up your router without facing any troubles.

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