D-LINK is a Taiwanese company that focuses on manufacturing both consumer and enterprise networking products. D-LINK is one of the well known company that manufactures affordable networking gear compared to other companies such as from Ubiquiti, MikroTik, ASUS, TP-LINK, NETGEAR and many more. The purpose of this guide is to show the steps required in order to fully activate your D-LINK gear for first use.
This guide comprises both standard web-administration installation and through smartphone mobile application. Both guide is available and you may follow the type of guide that may suit your preference.
Method 1: Web Administration Installation
This method is most preferred by many as it is a straightforward process compared to setup a router-or-mesh through smartphone application since it requires more process than this. I would recommend to use any incognito mode or private window mode of your preferred browser of choice.
The first step before we hit to the web administration panel, it is much recommended to check your router/mesh product’s IP address by entering, ‘ipconfig‘. The command-line interpreter will display a series of information and the router or mesh’s default IP can be found in the Default Gateway section.
Next, copy or key in the IP address shown in your command-line interpreter to your preferred browser of choice. You will be greeted with a login page and key in either ‘password‘ or ‘admin‘ or leave it empty and you can proceed to setup the router-mesh.
You will be greeted with an overview of the process required before you can successfully get connected to the internet. You are allowed to pick your preferred language selection or if you choose to keep it as default in English, proceed to the next step by clicking on the next button.
Every successful setup requires precision in terms of the type of information being entered. This is a crucial step where you have to carefully pick the right ISP profile that you are currently subscribed to. As an example, if you’re using unifi, you can’t select Maxis profile since both VLAN profiles aren’t the same. However, if you wish to customize your profile, you can pick on Others that will allow you to manually configure the VLANs later on. For the purpose of this guide, I will be using the standard TM Unifi/Unifi Lite profile.
Here, you have to enter the credentials given to you by your ISPs. Do mind that, this is not the same credentials as setting up your router’s login credentials. This is another important step that you should be cautious. As an example, the username should be like ‘xxxxx@unifi‘ and the password contains 13 alphanumeric characters, ‘xxXx1XX3xx7xX‘. If you’re not sure of the PPPoE credentials, you can request the details from your respective ISPs via giving them a call to their service center. Once you’re sure that you have entered the right credentials, you can click on the next button to proceed.
Preparing a solid protection of your home device lies on your shoulder as you have to be cautious on preparing a strong wireless SSID and password. I would personally recommend to use a strong 20 alphanumeric characters to harden from being cracked through brute-force technique or avoid WPA2-based attacks.
The next process requires you to enter your own preferred administrative password that will be used by you or another trusted family member to alter the settings in the router-mesh. I would once again, recommend you to use another strong 20 alphanumeric characters (different from the wireless password) to protect your home network from being breached remotely. Pick the default time zone allocated for your region once you click on the next button.
Keep the settings here as default. However, if you know about networking, bugs in the firmware then you can pick on the ‘I want to manage the device update myself‘ option to avoid upgrading to a newer firmware that may bundled together with unsolved bugs that may affect the router’s performance.
A summary of your router settings will be displayed before you proceed to the next step. It is recommended to remember your credentials since you’re required to use the credentials, especially the router’s login password to alter the settings. Failure to do so will cause you to reset the router once again. Once you are sure about your settings, click on the next button that eventually leads the router to reboot by itself to make changes before can be accessed later on. The reboot process always required 2 to 3 minutes to complete. Once done, you can login to your router’s administrative panel.
You can further alter the settings of the router from here onwards using the navigation options given on top of the web-administration panel.
Method 2: Smartphone Application
You are required to download the D-LINK Wi-Fi application for your smartphone. The application can be downloaded from Apps Store or Google Play, respectively. For this guide, I will be using COVR 1102 unit along with an iPhone 7 Plus. A guide on pairing to another mesh node will be provided below.
Setting up process for D-LINK router-mesh slightly time consuming since it requires quite a lot of process needed to be done before successfully connected to the internet. One of the prerequisites needed to be done before proceeding to the next step is to enable your location on your mobile. Once the credential met, you can proceed to the next step by picking either Scan the QR code (located under your D-LINK router-mesh unit or Continue without scanning (recommended).
You’re required to pick the right unit, i.e. router or covr before proceed to the next step. A list of models will be given and pick the right one. If you’re unsure about your unit’s model, refer at the bottom of the router-mesh unit. Next, click on the set up new network option and once again, click on the next until you reach to the ready for configuration page.
Click on Keep Trying Wi-Fi option to instantly connect to the COVR 1102 using the credentials provided under the COVR unit. Now, similar to Step 4 in the Web Administration section, you’re required to pick the right ISP profile and prepare your PPPoE user credentials before proceeding. A list of options will be shown afterwards such as creating your wireless SSID and device password (refer to Step 6 and 7 on web-administration setup section to know why a strong password is required). Do note that, the device login credentials used here will be used later to enter to the router-mesh’s web administration panel.
Setting up mesh node is pretty simple. For the next step, it is recommended to place another COVR mesh node at the front or near to the main COVR unit for better configuration can be done in between the units. Once all the wireless credentials entered in the previous step, click on the next button until you’re greeted with the success page.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully setup your first D-LINK router-mesh in a professional manner. Now you can proceed to control your home network without even required to login to the standard web-administration interface to alter the settings. If you’re facing problem in setting up your first D-LINK router-mesh unit, you can post your queries at their official Malaysia thread or in the international thread.