Most of these small wireless routers are configured using a GUI web interface, as shown in the figure. Settings that can be configured include:
- Wireless network name (SSID) – Name of the WLAN network, if wireless networking is enabled. SSID stands for Service Set Identifier, which is another name for the wireless network. The SSID is, by default, broadcast to wireless clients.
- Wireless password – If wireless networking is enabled, this is the password clients use to connect to the wireless network.
- Router password –This is the password used to manage the router and, if configured, is required to access the wireless router to make configuration changes.
For most home and small business networks, the wireless router provides DHCP services to local network clients. Clients that wirelessly connect to the wireless router are given the appropriate IP addressing information for communication to occur.