How to Connect a Laptop to a D-Link Router


Without a D-Link router, you will not be able to create a wireless Internet connection within your home. Your D-Link router can be connected to your laptop, but you will also need a cable or DSL modem, which should be provided by your Internet service provider. If the laptop is directly connected to the router by an Ethernet cable, it will be able to access the Internet via a "hard-wired" connection. The D-Link router will allow other computers to connect to the Internet wirelessly.

  • Connect the Ethernet cable that was provided with your D-Link router to the back of the D-Link Ethernet port labeled "Internet" and connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into the back of your cable or DSL modem (also labeled "Internet"). The Ethernet cable is slightly larger than a telephone cord.

  • Plug both your D-Link router and cable or DSL modem into the wall outlet. Both units will have a green indication light letting you know it is powered on and connecting to the Internet.

  • Obtain an additional Ethernet cable (included with your cable modem and D-Link router) and connect it into the port labeled "LAN" on the back of the D-Link router, (choose any of of the four ports available). Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into the back of your laptop's Ethernet port.

  • Reboot your laptop. Open your web browser, type "" into the address bar and press "Enter" on your keyboard. An administration portal will open to access your D-Link router. Type "admin" for the username, leave the password field blank and click "Login."

  • Change your D-Link router password when prompted. Contact your Internet service provider to determine if you are paying for a static IP (Internet protocol) address or a dynamic IP address. IP addresses identify your specific computer and its connection to the Internet. The IP can either remain the same (static) or change each time you access the Internet (dynamic).

  • Change the SSID (Service Set Identifier) for your network (optional). An SSID identifies the name of your wireless network. Change the name to a unique wireless network ("Joey's network," "Tony's garage"). D-Link will ask you to reboot the router, which is done so automatically through the administration portal. Attempt to access the Internet on your laptop.

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