How To Set Up A Wireless Router Without A Computer

How To Set Up A Wireless Router Without A Computer

Can you set up a wireless router without a computer?

In this day and age, it is very seldom to find someone without a computer, even though times are changing as people start to become more comfortable with using only smart phones and tablets to get themselves online. 

However, if you are one of the rare breed of people, or maybe your desktop/laptop conked out or for whatever reason that you find yourself without a computer and a router to set up, it is still quite possible.

Of course, having a computer is still much better for setting up a wireless router, since mobile devices—while partly able to fulfill the functions of a computer—still have limited capabilities compared to a laptop/desktop.

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And come to think of it, if you don’t own a computer, it might be more convenient—and not to mention more practical—to just apply for a 3G/4G plan.

Want to know how to get free wifi? 

In any case, if you find yourself without a laptop/computer and you are wondering: “Can I set up a wireless router without a computer?”

The answer is yes!

For This Tutorial You Will Need:

1. A smartphone or a tablet running under Android or iOS

2. A fully charged battery (or just make sure your device doesn’t die on your mid-process)

The following is optional, but very handy to have if the default logging in process doesn’t go smoothly...

3. FING, EZ NetScan or any other wireless network discovery app installed in your smart device. FING & EZ NetScan are free and is available for both Android and iOS

4. A pen, needle or anything with a pointed tip. - this is for any potential router reset!

All right, now let’s get cracking!

How to set up a Wi-Fi router without a computer

Setting Up With Android:

1) Plug in your router, and wait a minute or two for it to completely power up.

2) Using your smartphone/tablet, turn on your Wi-Fi and connect to your router’s network. The SSID or network name will usually involve the brand name and numbers (for example, “NETGEARXX”). Or take a look at the back of the router—the SSID will be printed there, along with the Wi-Fi password.

3) You will be prompted to provide a password. Type it in.

4) When connected, open your device’s browser. In the address bar, key in the IP address. Usually, the default IP address is “http://192.168.1.1” or “http://192.168.0.1”. Or just refer to the sticker printed on the back of the router—you will usually find the IP address there. If it doesn’t work, run the network discovery app installed in your device.

This article on finding your router's IP may also help.

If you’re using FING, you’ll find the IP address listed under the SSID of the network that you’re connected to, beside the Wi-Fi symbol.

FING is available for free on Android & iOS - download FING here

5) You will be prompted to log in. Default username is usually “admin” and default password is usually “password”. If not, take a look at the back of the router, as the log in details are provided as well.

6) Voila, you’re in!

Netgear Default IP Address

192.168.0.1

or

192.168.1.1

Setting Up With iOS:

1) Plug in your router, and wait a minute or two for it to completely power up

2) Using your iPhone/iPad, turn on your Wi-Fi under the Settings menu. Your router’s SSID or network name will usually involve the brand name and numbers. Or take a look at the back of the router—the SSID will be printed there, along with the Wi-Fi password. Tap the SSID to connect.

3) You will be prompted to provide a password.

4) When connected, open your device’s browser. In the address bar, key in the IP address. Default IP address is usually “http://192.168.1.1” or “http://192.168.0.1”. Or refer to the sticker printed on the back of the router.

If it doesn’t work, just like as we described for setting up with Android above, download and install FING, you’ll find the IP address listed under the SSID of the network. You could also try Netty as an alternative. Netty is also free.

5) You will be prompted to log in. Default username is usually “admin” and default password is usually “password”. If not, take a look at the back of the router, as the log in details are provided as well.

And hopefully - you are in!

If these default credentials do not work, you might want to try resetting your router.

Just remember that any settings you had saved will be lost when you reset!

You will usually find the reset button at the back of the modem, outlined in red and labelled as “reset button” or “restore factory settings.”

Just take a pointed object, like a pen or paper clip and press the recessed button for 30 seconds to a minute, or however long it takes for the router lights to blink off and then back on again.

Then try logging in using the default values again. If it still doesn’t work, call your router brand’s customer service for assistance.

You could also try a 30 30 30 reset

We hope this tutorial worked for you. Please comment below and share if you can!

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      Glad to be of help!

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  1. Thank you very much for this important information….For a long I was finding the solution of this problem. Now please tell me what are the best modem for this purpose. Dlink 600 is suitable for this

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      Hi Oindrilla,

      This is a generic article for all routers. We recommend you research default IPs, passwords etc to grab the info for your particular router/modem.

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  2. No help, still doesn’t allow me to access the wireless settings. Keep getting “searching client device” and locks at 98?

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      Hi Robert,

      Are you referring to trying to access a particular device? If so, we might be able to help. Can you please provide more detail?

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  3. can i connect WiFi without computer or laptop

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      Hi Kevfernandez. I’m not sure I understand your question? You can connect to wifi if your device is wifi enabled and uses the same standard as the wifi hotspot (which is almost always the same). Is that what you’re asking?

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  4. Thank you so much!!!

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      Our pleasure. Glad it helped!

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  5. Hi, I still have a problem. To connect my router, I have to plug the router to a computer with an wire. I don’t have a pc and I don’t want to plug my laptop because I want it wireless, but it still asks me for plugging. Any help?

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      Hi Andra,

      First of all, do you have an Ethernet pot on your laptop? If you do, you should set up the router using the Ethernet cable. Then when you have the rouer set up (and the wifi set up as you like) you can store away the Ethernet cable and connect with wireless only.

      If you do not have an Ethernet port, you may still be able to log into the router (with its default setup) via wifi and make changes. I recommend you download our free guide on setting up routers here: http://bestwirelessroutersnow.com/how-to-set-up-a-wireless-router/

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  6. I cant find IP address of TP link

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      Hi Raihan,

      Try our guide on finding your router’s IP address: http://bestwirelessroutersnow.com/how-to-find-your-routers-ip-address/

      Unless you have changed the IP, it will usually be one of the following:

      192.168.1.1
      192.168.0.1
      10.0.0.1

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  7. how to turn on wireless connection of the adapter without a pc/laptop?

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      Hi,

      Can you please be more specific? What do you mean by “adapter”?

      Reply

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