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How to configure router. How to access router configuration

When you buy a router they usually come with "setup" Cd's that set up your router, or guide you through the process. What most people do not know is you do not need this CD and in my experience these disc can cause frustration and confusion.

You can access your router and configure it simply by using your internet browser like Internet Explorer or FireFox.

On most routers(reference your user manual) you can access the router configuration page by going to the gateway address. The gateway address is the IP address assigned to your router. In a lot of the cases, this address is 192.168.1.1 but depends on your router.
There are a couple of ways to find out this IP address.
-Reference your router manual
or
-In Microsoft Windows, go to Start > Run and in the run box type "cmd" or "command". A black window should open(MS-DOS). In this window, type "ipconfig /all". Look near the top of the output that is shows and you should see a "gateway address" field. This number is the ip address of your router.

Once you know your gateway address, open up your internet browser as if you were going to go to a website. In the URL(address) bar, type the gateway address and hit enter(see image below). A log in box should now show. Again, reference your router manual if you do not know the administrative password. Enter in your password and username. The following website has a list of default username and passwords and you may be able to find your router in the list. Click here for the website.




Once you log in you now have access to the router settings and you can configure what you please. You can configure wireless settings, router log in credentials and other options. Have a look around and get familiar with it.

I would recommend that if your router has a default password for admin/configuration access, that you go ahead and create a new one. The default router passwords are usually very simple and this information can be easily found on the internet by anyone(as seen by the link I provided above!). People who set up home networks tend to leave this as is and it is a security risk.


TIPS
-If you can't connect to the router and you know the gateway address, try plugging the computer into the router directly using a Ethernet cable(LAN/patch cable). If you are still having trouble, you can perform a power cycle. Turn off your modem, router and computer. After 10 seconds turn on your modem, after 30 seconds turn on your router and after another 30 seconds turn on your computer. Try to access the router now. This also helps resolve other quirky router issues.
-Make sure all the network cables, phone lines(if using DSL) and coaxial cables(cable/Broadband) are plugged in and secured firmly.

-If you set up a password and username for your routers administrative access and can't remember it, you can reset the username and password back to factory default by performing a factory reset. On most routers this can be achieved by pressing and holding the small reset button on the back of the router for 15 seconds. Please reference router user manual for more information.

I hope this article was informative. Be sure to check out my other tips and tricks. You can view my profile by clicking here, and if you click Tips near the top left, you can view my tips!

Regards,
G33k





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