To complete the “3com router setup” task successfully, first, I recommend that you thoroughly understand some basic information about a router. You shouldn’t rush to set up it because you may cause some errors to the gadget.
I won’t waste your time anymore. Now, we will move straight to the essential contents of this article.
What Is A Router?
A Router is hardware capable of linking your electronic devices with the Internet.
A network is protected by a security system so that it won’t be hacked for bad purposes. If hackers want to illegally log into your network, they must destroy the Router first. For this reason, a Router can be seen as the first barrier to the security system.
With a Router, your computer safety can be assured by a firewall created by the Router. A firewall is the most powerful gadget to avoid attacks and illicit access.
Companies making routers often provide users with firmware. this software is installed in the Router and is regularly updated.
To function well, a Router is linked to your network through network cables. Drivers are not a compulsory feature for a Router to work. In some cases, Routers that are connected to your PC through a USB or Firewire must be conducted by drivers.
3com is one of the most prominent companies producing electric devices for the technology industry. Like every router, 3com Router is linked to the computer in the same way and shares similar functions.
How Do the 3com Routers Work?
the 3com Router, like other routers, doesn’t directly connect to electric devices for an Internet connection. In fact, with the support of an intermediary device like cable, DSL modem or fiber, 3com Router makes Internet connection available on these pieces of equipment.
If your 3com Router is a wireless one, it will take advantage of network ports to get a lot of devices connected to the Internet. there are many wireless standards of devices, but a wireless 3com Router can be linked with devices having a unique requirement for the network.
there are two types of IP addresses of a 3com Router: a public and a private one. the term “public IP address” is used for the IP address which expresses the Wide Area Network or Internet connection. the private IP address is used for the Local Area Network.
Between these two addresses, the private one is more important and should be carefully reserved because it is the default entrance for every device to connect to the network.
Apart from making the Internet available to computers, 3com wireless routers and wired routers can work as a network shift for devices connected with others.
What’s a network shift? A network shift is a gadget that controls the communication among devices linked in one LAN. For example, with a network shift, owners can send data from one device to another.
A 3com router consists of hardware like memory and a Central Processing Unit (CPU). With these components, a router can be regarded as a small computer. To track the data coming in and out of a 3com Router, you can examine the routing tables.
How To Find 3com Router Internal And External Address
- Choose the “Start” button at the taskbar of your computer
- Type “cmd”
- Double click the icon “cmd.exe”
- then, you will notice a command pop up ( a blackboard with white words)
- Type “ipconfig” and press enter.
- What you will have to find is the “Default gateway”. Your internal IP address is located next to it.
An internal IP address will be shown at the “Default gateway” line
- Type “ What is my external address” on Google
- Press “enter”
- You can find it on the websites displayed on your screen.
3com Router Setup
Before getting to set up your 3com router, you have to make sure that it was already connected to your devices.
Use a web browser, type 192.168.1.1 and press Enter. this is the web address of the Login Gateway. By going to this website, you can log in as an admin of a 3com router for further steps.
However, if you get the wrong web address, take a look at your router’s IP address as we guided above.
You must use your default name and password which the manufacturers provided you with when you purchased the product. Normally, the factory username and password of a 3com router is “admin” and “admin”. However. the password varies according to models. We will show you some common router model of 3com and their passwords and usernames.
|SUPERSTACK II SWITCH Rev. 2200||debug||synnet|
|SUPERSTACK II SWITCH Rev. 2700||tech||tech|
|OFFICECONNECT 812 ADSL||adminttd||adminttd|
|WIRELESS AP Rev. ANY||admin||comcomcom|
|CELLPLEX Rev. 7000||tech||tech|
|CELLPLEX Rev. 7000||admin||admin|
|HIPERARC Rev. V4.1.X||adm||none|
|LANPLEX Rev. 2500||tech||none|
|SUPERSTACK II SWITCH Rev. 2700||tech||tech|
|CELLPLEX Rev. 7000||root||none|
Once you successfully login to the control panel of the router, find the “Wireless setting” section.
SSID can be modified suitable for your purpose. Click “apply” when you finish.
then, choose the “Encryption lab”.
In the WPA line, click “WPA-PSK” if you don’t use a server.
Enter “WPA2” in the WPA line. “WPA2” is used for almost every routers of 3com, unless your router was produced a long time ago.
Choose “AES” in the Encryption Technique section.
You can make your own password in the “ Pre-shared key” line. But you have to type in more than 8 leters, numbers, or symbols for your passwords.
Alternative: Default Router Username and Password List
Some Useful Tips For You When Using A 3com Router
How to change your 3com router password:
When you find out some unauthorized connection, the first thing coming to your mind should be changing your router password. Every router has a factory password and anyone can find it on the Internet.
therefore, adjust your router password is important for your security.
Besides, you should change your router password after installing it at your house or your workplace. Following these steps below to change the password of your 3com router:
- First, access the internal website of your 3com router by typing 192.168.1.254 or 192.168.1.1. Use the default password and username to log in. Make sure that your devices are connected to the router.
- Once you see the control panel of the 3com router, choose the “Wireless settings” tab.
- then, click “ Encryption”
- In the fourtd line, you will notice the “Pre-shared Key”.
- Delete the old password which is covered by black dots in this line
- Type in the new password.
- Click “Apply”
Restart your 3com router
Sometimes, your Internet connection may be disrupted, and this situation really can be really irritating. Your gaming is lag, your favorite movie can’t be loaded at the best quality and so on. Apart from calling for help from the Internet provider, you should do it yourself by restarting your router.
Rebooting should be done with routers which are used for a long time as a way for it to “relax”. Restarting will cool down the system and delete the redundant memories for better performance.
However, you should bear in mind that the term “Reboot/Restart” is completely different.
Rebooting/Restarting means your device will shut down and start again. All configurations and settings stay the same, nothing will change. While, when you reset your 3com router, you will erase all the memories, settings and configurations. the rebooting process will make your router turn into the factory form.
Some 3com models have the restart button, but some don’t
Now, we will guide you to restart your 3com router:
- Firstly, get your router unconnected with the electricity source by unplugging it. In some models, you will find the “Power” button. Press this button can also restart your router. However, don’t use the “Reset” or “Restart” button because it may somehow lead to the resetting process.
- Spend 30 seconds waiting before re-plugging the router. that you have to wait or not will depend on the purposes when restarting.
- If it doesn’t turn on after a few seconds, you should find the Power button ( if your device has ) and press it.
- It will take about one minute for your router to function. When the “Internet” light blinks, it is informing you about the connection between your computer and the Internet.
- Use a browser to check whether your computer is connected with the Internet or not.
A router is an essential device at our home. It will help our devices connect to the Internet stably for better use. We hope that the tips we give you about using a router from 3com will be useful. Now, you can successfully deal with the 3com router setup. Keep following for more high-tech posts.