How to Setup a Belkin Router with Windows 8

Windows 8 integrates Windows Connect Now, a technology which lets you automatically set up your Belkin router by pushing the network settings. Windows Connect Now has been there in Windows 7 and Vista SP2 also and its extension to Windows 8 makes it possible for a router user like you to take its advantage and setup and configure your wireless network, customize password, and do a lot more. Other than Windows Connect Now, you can set up your Belkin router the old ways viz. the installation media and web interface. Here are discussed all the options to setup a Belkin router in Windows 8. Check them below here.

Using Windows Connect Now

Step 1

Plug your Belkin router into the power outlet and turn it on. Wait while the router boots up. Since you are using Windows Connect Now, you need not connect the router to computer or the DSL/Cable modem using the Ethernet cable. Push “Wi-Fi Protected Setup” button on your Belkin device to let Windows Connect Now detect it and find network settings for it. If your Belkin router shows “Compatible with Windows” or the Windows logo, it means you can connect using Windows Connect Now. If you don’t see any of this on your Belkin device, you can’t connect via Windows Connect Now (WCN).

Step 2

Once you see the WCN capability on your router, click the Network icon in the system tray of your Windows 8 computer and a list of all the available networks will appear up. Locate the default Belkin router network, click it and then click Connect. If your Belkin router network is password protected, it would prompt you for a wireless security key. Refer to your Belkin router setup manual for the default network name and the key and get going. Follow rest of the instructions to set it as your home network and/or customize your settings.

Using Belkin Router Setup Disk

Step 1

Load the Belkin installation disk into the optical drive of your Windows 8 computer and wait for it to auto-play. When prompted, start the installation and connect your Belkin router physically to your computer and the DSL/cable modem using the Ethernet cable. Follow the on-screen prompts and set up and configure your router.

Using Belkin Router Web Interface

Step 1

You don’t need the installation disk or anything else to setup your Belkin device this way. Simply physically connect (using the Ethernet cable) your router to your computer and the DSL/cable modem. When properly connected, open your Internet browser and type 192.168.2.1 in the address bar. Hit Enter to proceed. Click Login and then type your default password in the Password field. Click Login after entering the password and you will now be logged on to your Belkin router. From here, you can begin to set up your wireless network (SSID), setup a new router password, enable a firewall, setup parental controls, and do other miscellaneous things.
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Choose any one of these methods and setup your Belkin router today and should you face any problems while or after doing so, call us at +1-877-907-4935 and get an expert to help you.

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How to Block Unwanted Websites on a Belkin Router

If you are an IT administrator, a parent or an individual user, you know how difficult it is to protect your wireless network from spam, adult or other unwanted websites which may instantly distribute spam on your computer and compromise your information. As more concerned you are about your security, kids or employees (or other users of your computer) are as careless about online safety and the consequences upon a breach. Since it’s not possible for you to keep a constant eye on what website is being accessed on the Internet and what’s not, the best thing you can do is to block unwanted websites. With a Belkin router, it is simple to block unwanted websites and protect your network from hackers and bandwidth thieves.

Depending on your Belkin router’s model, it should have a parental control feature enabling which will help you give control on the incoming/outgoing website content. If your router doesn’t have a parental control feature, check if it has any such feature to block websites. You can refer to your Belkin router setup manual for more information on the same or visit the Belkin website for that matter.
Step 1
Some new Belkin router models come pre-integrated with Norton-powered website filters which help you block malicious, adult and other unwanted websites easily. Check if your router came installed with the website filters feature so that you can enable it. Follow the steps given below and enable the desired website filter.
Step 2
Open your web browser and type “192.168.2.1” in the address bar (without quotes) and hit Enter. The Login screen should come up. click the Login button and enter the desired password in the Password field. The field is left blank by default unless you have set up a custom password. Click the Submit button to log in. In the left hand side menu, click Website Filters under Parental Controls. On the Website Filers screen, you will see 4 filtering options viz. Block Malicious, Adult and other non-family friendly sites, Block malicious and adult sites, Block malicious sites, and No Filters (null). All these four options are self-explanatory, choose one which does the needful for you.
Step 3
Once you have selected the desired filter, click the Apply Changes button to save your changes. The website filter is now enabled. However to make the filter effective, you will need to do one more thing. First of all exit the router interface and then do this. Clear the browsing history, cookies, and temporary cache (Temp folder) on your computer to make the website filter work.
Step 4
If your Belkin device is old and is not powered with Norton website filters, look for the Parental Controls feature. Click it from the left hand side menu and login with your username and password if prompted. The Parental Controls feature might be included as a subscription-based service to your router. So check with your Belkin router support if it needs to be subscribed first in order to be used.
Step 5
Once logged in to Parental Controls, click Modify> Overrides. Type the website name (URL address, for e.g. http://www.facebook.com) or the desired keyword which you want to block in the desired field and select the Always blocked button. If you want to block more websites, separate them with commas. When done, click Apply Changes to make it effective. Your network should then not receive any spam, adult, malicious content from the blocked websites. You can now stay tension free always and enjoy and let others enjoy Internet access without being worried.
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How to Setup Firewall on a Belkin Router

A firewall is a software program or hardware device designed to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic from a computer and block hackers from connecting to it and malicious software from downloading on to it. Since firewall is an important security program, many modern devices come pre-loaded with it. Your Belkin router is one of these devices which come pre-loaded with firewall to protect you online when surfing the web, emailing, downloading or doing many more things. To be able to get your Belkin wireless router firewall protect you when on the wireless network, you will have to enable or setup it. That’s exactly what I can help you with.

Check the below mentioned instructions here and set up firewall on your Belkin router:

Log in to Belkin router setup utility on the web interface. To do so, open your web browser and type ‘192.168.2.1’ in the address bar. Hit Enter to proceed. On the login screen, enter your Belkin router password and click Submit.

On the Belkin Setup utility page, click LAN Setup menu in the left hand panel and you will see the current configuration including firewall of your Belkin router. Under Features, you can also see whether firewall is enabled or not.

Now that you are sure firewall is not enabled, click the Firewall menu in the left hand panel to make firewall settings show up on the screen. Click to select the Enable button and then click Apply Changes to save your firewall configuration. That’s all it takes to setup your Belkin router’s firewall and enjoy safety and protection while online and even offline.

One thing I would like to remind you about here is that a firewall (specifically router’s) when enabled blocks ports for certain websites and content streaming, particularly when you are using XBOX 360 which becomes unable to communicate with XBOX LIVE. To be able to get around this problem, you will have to open certain ports in your router. Enabling ports is also known as port forwarding, a popular technique to allow communication and streaming
These port numbers include Port 88 (UDP), 3074 (UDP & TCP), 53 (UDP & TCP), and 80 (TCP). To enable all these ports, you will have to log in to your Belkin router’s web-based setup utility (check the first step) and navigate to Firewall> Virtual Servers. On the next screen, you can fill in the desired port numbers here.
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Do check the Enable box and type a description in the Description box (for e.g. game). Select port type viz. UDP or TCP or both from the drop-down menu. Enter IP address and the Private Port if desired and click the Apply Changes button. That’s it and the ports in your router will be enabled.

How to Configure MAC Access Control on a Belkin Router

If you are using a Belkin wireless router, chances are that while going through Belkin router support documentation you might have checked about MAC Access Control List. Not many users know about MAC Access Control feature in their Belkin devices. Let me tell you something about it. MAC Access Control List is one among the three wireless security features that Belkin routers have. The other two are WEP and WPA-PSK. I am sure most of the users must have heard about these two security types.
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In fact these are the most widely used encryption types when configuring wireless networks. On the other hand, MAC Access Control List is rarely used by anyone when configuring wireless security. MAC (Media Access Control) Access Control List is a type of protocol that helps you set up grant or deny access to other wireless devices that try to connect to your wireless network. Thus it protects yours wireless network and data.

Check the step-by-step instructions below and configure MAC Access Control List on your Belkin router:

  • To be able to set up MAC Access Control List on your router, you will first need to know the MAC address, also known as physical address, of the device you want to allow or deny access to your network. If you don’t know the MAC address of the device you want to block or allow, you won’t be able to set up MAC encryption for it.
  • For example, you can add your computer(s) or devices on your network to the list of safe networks. To find out your devices’ MAC address, open Command Prompt from the Start menu> All Programs> Accessories and then do this.
  • Type ‘ipconfig /all’ and hit Enter. Note down the number in the format XX:XX:XX:XX beside Physical Address under a specific device. You may see many physical addresses listed there for different devices. You will have to note down the right physical address of the device you wish to add to or block from your network.
  • When done, exit the Command Prompt window. Connect your computer directly to your Belkin router using the Ethernet cable. You can do so only by disconnecting the modem, the middleman between your computer and the router.
  • Connect one end of the cable into the Ethernet port of your computer and run its other end into the LAN port of Belkin router. When connected, check the light’s status on the router to make sure that your router and computer are connected properly.
  • Open your web browser. Type ‘192.168.2.1’, the router’s IP address in the address bar and hit Enter. When prompted, enter your router password and click Submit. You can use the default password if you never set up a custom one. You can also refer to your Belkin router support documents to check the default login details.
  • Once logged in, you will see the Belkin Router Setup screen. Click MAC Address Control under the Wireless menu in the left hand side. If prompted, enter your router password again.
  • Now if you want to allow a device to be able to connect to your network, click Allow. If you want to prevent a device from connecting to your network, click Deny.
  • Click inside the given box and then enter the MAC address of the desired device. You will have to enter MAC address only in this specified format ‘00:17:XX:XX:XX:XX’. Continue this step if you wish to add or block more wireless devices.
  • When done, click Apply Changes and exit the router’s interface. That’s it and all your worries about your wireless network’s safety will be gone.

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***Belkin routers are usually shipped without any password. In other words it means that the Password box is generally left blank (as the default password is none). However, you must refer to your Belkin router support docs before entering anything blindly.

How to Update Belkin Wireless Router Drivers

Your Belkin wireless router is just a machine that needs a mediator to be able to talk to your computer. This mediator is the driver software which establishes communication between your router and the computer. Without drivers, your Belkin router won’t be able to connect your computer and work. Unless your router is connected, neither can you set up a wireless network, browse the web wirelessly or do miscellaneous things. Thus drivers are pivotal for the operation of all such machines.

To help your Belkin wireless router function properly, it is mandatory to update its drivers regularly. If you do not do so, your Belkin device will start experiencing miscellaneous problems due to which you won’t be able to use it properly. So in this post, I am going to discuss about how you can update drivers of your Belkin wireless router.

Check the step-by-step instructions below and update drivers of your Belkin wireless router:

  • Make sure that you are connected to the Internet. Visit the Belkin website and click Log In under Belkin at the bottom of the page.
  • Log in with the credentials supplied with your Belkin router support kit and search for the drivers and other updates related to your product model. The model number of your router is located at bottom. Download the driver file and save it to your computer.
  • When done, open the driver file and install the driver software. If the driver file is a zip file, extract its contents first and then update drivers.
  • If you don’t have login credentials, you can still search for drivers (if available. On the Belkin website, type ‘drivers’ in the Product Search box. Hit Enter to continue. You will a Belkin Support Drivers, Downloads page.
  • Type ‘drivers’ again in the Search by Keyword box and click the Search button. From under Products, click the drop-down box and select Routers. Then again from under All Products, click the drop-down arrow and select your router’s model number or name.
  • You will see numerous search results on the page. Click the desired link and then click the Download button to start downloading the driver file. Run the installation file, update drivers and get going.
  • You can also search for Belkin router drivers using Windows Update. It brings all the latest drivers and updates to you. Click the Start button> select All Programs> and then click Windows Update. You will see the Windows Update screen.

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***You may also want to save your existing wireless configurations first before you update drivers. Upon experiencing any problems, you should un-install the recently installed drivers and then re-install them.