You have probably experienced occasions when you can’t seem to connect to your internet. At that time, you may have thought if your router would still work without the web? This is definitely why you clicked on this article and we are here to give you a comprehensive answer to this pressing question.
If you have a high-quality internet connection then you probably don’t even have to worry about these things. But if you don’t, then you probably need to switch providers and consider getting a subscription to one of the leading internet service providers (ISPs) in the country. For this, we recommend checking out Spectrum. It provides an uninterrupted and stable connection so your router can fulfill all its tasks that require internet. Moreover, Spectrum promotions also do not bind you into year-long contracts and that means if you keep facing internet connection issues, which by the way, rarely happens with this provider, you can cancel your subscription any time you want.
Working of Router Without Internet
A failed internet connection can be a huge bummer and it adds more to your problems especially if you need to share files from one of the router devices to another. This can get you thinking if a router works perfectly even without the web or not and to answer your question, a router will work just fine without needing to connect with the internet. It will keep on providing a local area network (LAN) through which connected devices can be bridged together.
As a matter of fact, a wireless network can do so much more than just create a wireless network. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about circumstances when you lose the internet connection or if it becomes problematic, you can still do several things without it. You can share files, stream video-based files on your smart TV from your phone, or even connect seamlessly with a printer to print files stored on your phone.
The only thing you need to keep in mind is that even though you will be able to connect your devices with the internet and still perform plenty of tasks still your devices will not be capable of enough for you to use the internet on them. You can have services like sharing files and access to printers all because of the router.
Access of Content from a Router Without Internet
You can definitely access content from a device that is connected to a router. All of the devices that are connected to one network can communicate with each other without any issues and this includes storage devices that are connected to the router itself.
When you connect your device to a network, the said device will then have an IP address. This essentially grants them a place on the internal network. This can all take place successfully, in a situation if your network storage devices should be capable and have been granted permission to access the content.
If you connect your storage device to your router, then you may be required to log in to the router and set it to share the device. The only thing that could be an inconvenience for you is that you won’t be able to access content that sits somewhere outside the internal network in a situation with a spotty or failed internet connection.
Access of Router Settings Without Internet
We know almost everything requires internet – emphasis on almost – because if you are thinking about whether you are capable enough to access the settings of your router and that too without needing a web connection then let us tell you. It is completely possible, however, the catch is, you will need to connect with the router directly.
The use of an Ethernet cable is highly recommended for wirelessly setting up a connection with the router since it is incredibly easy and also, it is reliable. This is popularly done when you have to make any changes to your wireless settings.
Now, you might be wondering, why Ethernet is recommended by professionals. The thing is, when you try to change your wireless settings (wirelessly) then you are likely to lose the connection. Not only this but there are high chances that you may not even be able to reconnect. So, it is always better to do such things via an Ethernet.
In order to successfully access the settings of the router, follow the steps given below.
1. Establish a Connection with Ethernet Cable
First, you will be required to have an Ethernet cable connection. For this, you will need to plug one end of the cable into one of the ports of the Local Area Network (LAN). The said port can be found on the back of your router.
The ports you choose do not really matter as long as you don’t plug the cable into the port that is reserved for Wide Area Network (WAN). After this, you will be required to connect the other end of the cable into the port for Ethernet that is available on any of the sides of your devices, like a computer.
2. The IP Address of the Router
In order to find the IP address of your router. You should follow these steps:
- Click on the Start button on your Windows Taskbar.
- After this, give it a command by entering a special code for it.
- Then you will be required to type a special code for IP configuration in the black window that appears after it.
You will be directed to your IP address.
3. Enter IP Address
Now comes the part where you have to enter your IP address into the browser. In this step, you will need to open any browser and enter the IP address of the router, you just found out in the last step. You must enter the address into the web address field at the top of the window. This redirects you to a login screen.
4. Log in to the Router
You will be required to enter the username and password for the router. Considering that may be unaware of it, you can check the back of the router because most of the manufacturers mention the username and password on the back. Or you can even check the documents that you got with the router.
After following all these steps, you can successfully change the router settings and use them for purposes that do not require an internet connection.
To Sum Up
A router may give you the impression that it is strictly for the purpose of bringing the wireless network to your devices. However, the router works perfectly fine even without it. But again, you can’t expect it to function exactly like it would if it has a connection. A router does not provide a wireless network but you can still share and print files that are connected to the said router and come in an internal network.
This article answered your queries regarding the function of the router and now we are sure that you have a pretty good idea of how you can make changes to its settings and connect your devices with it. With this article, we have busted one of the common misconceptions that are popularly found amongst people that a router cannot function if it is no connection with the internet.