Wireless Router Testing

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Device Preparation
  1. Determine that the device is a wireless router - it should say prominently - and that the Thrift Store wants it by checking the Whiteboard.
  2. If it is missing an antenna on its back, find one that fits and screw it on.
  3. Connect the device to its matching(volts must match exactly, amps the same or over) power supply and plug it in to an outlet. (If a power supply is already connected, check to make sure the devices are correctly matched.)
  4. Make sure the device lights up.
  5. Wait for a few moments while the device sets itself up. (watch the panel icon and the lights on the device)
  6. Hold the "reset" button for ~30 seconds.
  7. Wait for a few moments while the device resets itself. (watch the panel icon and the lights on the device)
  • Resets can be difficult, and take several (and possibly different, i.e. 30-30-30 hardware and\or firmware) types to achieve.
Connect to Das Unternet
  1. Plug Das Unternet into the "Internet" or equivalent port of the device (never any other network ethernet cable!), plug the network testing computer ethernet cable into one of the "LAN" ports.
  2. Wait for a few moments while the device sets itself up. (watch the panel icon and the lights on the device)
Test the router wired ports
  1. Disable wireless via the top panel network icon, if it is enabled.
  2. Open the browser and you should see the "It Works" screen. Close the browser.
  3. Move the computer cable to each LAN port and repeat step 3 (On the last port, get into the router's firmware (click on the right address on the "It Works" screen and enter the username:admin (usually) and password:admin or password or <blank> when prompted, noting all three for the label), before closing the browser.
  • If you don't see the "It Works" screen, check the network icon to see that it is not still cycling, the lights for appropriate indications (power on, reset done, port(s) in-use, etc.) and connections.
  • Router addresses can vary beyond the three offered: You may have to look-up information for a device that uses an unusual address and enter it manually in the address bar.
  • Default' router User Name(s) and Password(s) can be unusual, too. So, you may have to look them up.
Test the router wireless function
  1. Disconnect the computer ethernet cable.
  2. Make sure that the light on the device that corresponds to "wireless" is on.
  3. "Enable Wireless" via the network icon.
  4. Left-clicking on this same network icon should show you a list of available wireless connections. Look for the one that corresponds to your device (for example, 'Linksys', 'Netgear' or 'D-Link'). You may have to look under "More networks". Click on the appropriate network and wait for the connection to be established.
  5. Open the browser, and you should see the "It works!" screen, again.
  • If the device will not connect wirelessly, it may be because a "firmware" reset need be done or setting change(s) made.
  • You may have to re-connect "wired" and change the appropriate setting(s).
  • Once you have updated the wireless settings, make sure to test the connection again after unplugging Das Unternet and re-enabling wireless on the desktop panel.
Test the router USB ports

If the device has a USB port(s) test that by plugging the "Infrastructure" thumb drive into the port and looking for the drive in the the firmware. But do not recycle a device for failing this test only.

Prepare for Sale

Once you have successfully used the device to access Das Unternet on all wired ports and wirelessly and logged into the device settings page, it is working and ready for sale.

  • Affix a "Tested By___" sticker with your initials, as well as a sticker with the IP address, username and password.
  • Place the device with power supply rubber banded to it in the "Store" bin.
You're done!

Thank you awesome tester!