How to Setup a Fibre Router

There are many different makes and models of Fibre routers available and the steps you follow will vary slightly, depending on the make and model.

You'll need to go through the user manual that came with your particular router but we've included a step by step guide below on how to setup the most common router used by Webafrica (TP-Link C20).

These steps will be almost the same regardless of your router's make and model.

Reset the Router

If you have a brand new router, you can skip this section. If you have a router that has been used before and you want to set it up from scratch it's a good idea to reset the router to it's default settings.

With the Router powered on, press and hold the WPS/RESET button (more than 10 seconds) until the SYS LED begins to flash quickly (normally a slow flash). 

Then release the button and wait for the Router to reboot to its factory default settings.


TP-Link Router Setup

To configure most IoT devices you simply need to browse to the IP address of the device itself. If you don’t know the IP of the router in this case, you can simply connect your laptop or PC to the router.

Once connected you will need to open up your Command Prompt window, you can do this by pressing the Windows Key + R on the keyboard. This will open a little window as seen below.

As you can see above you enter cmd and hit Enter on the keyboard, which should bring up the following window.

Next you will need to type in “ipconfig” and hit the Enter key on the keyboard. You are looking for the IP address that is in line with Default Gateway as this should be the routers IP address.

So from the above we can see the routers IP address is 192.168.0.1. We now need to put that into our web browser's search bar.

The default username and password is admin/admin.

The above is the page you will be greeted with when first logging in to a new or reset router. It is a quick setup which will let you configure your internet details as well as your wireless settings. So you can proceed with the Next button.

In most cases you will select PPPoE.

The next page will require your username and password provided by WebAfrica. This of course is your internet Username and Password.

Next you will need to select if you want both wireless bands enabled, which you probably do. So clicking next through this section is fine.

Configuring both wireless SSIDs (this is just a fancy term for Wireless Network Name) and passwords on the next two pages.

Once complete you will be greeted with a screen asking if you want to save the configurations you have just set. You can hit the Save button and you should be good to go.


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