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you can set your laptop up to detect ip address automatically in its network settings. if you had provided the operating system it would have helped to narrow down how to do this. If you had told us how you plan to connect to the router this also would have been helpful. Are you connecting via blue cat5 ethernet cable or via wireless. If it is wireless your laptop should detect the wireless network and you can ask it to connect to it. If the wireless link is encrypted you need to log into the router via ethernet cable and look for the securirty settings on the wireless and find out what the encryption code is. Usually the router will use what is called an internal IP address range. the subnet is usually class c being 255.255.255.0 and the ip address default gateway IP address is usually either 10.0.0.1 or 18.104.22.168 and this can be put into the browser to log into the router. When you set the laptop to automatically obtain the IP address the Wireless Router has a DHCP server that manages the leases of IP addresses to computers connected to it. However if you are connecting the Wireless Router into an existing network with another router you will need to set the IP address to the next IP address eg 10.0.0.1 on existing router make second router 10.0.0.2> if you have a DCHP server on the wireless turn it off if you have a DCHP server on the existing router otherwise you have confusion as to which DHCP server to listen too on your network.Make sure the DHCP router does not allocate at least the first 10 addresses eg 10.0.0.1 to 10.0.0.10 to allow for the routers and printers on your network that may need dedicated IP addresses (Static IP addresses)
If the IP address was ever changed you may need to rest the router by holding in the Reset button at the back for 30 seconds and then turning off and on again. This should reset all the settings including the IP address to 192.168.1.1
every device on the internet has an need an ip address. 4 sets of 3 numbers raning fomr 1 - 255. Exsample 192.168.1.10. 192.168.1.0 is the most common ip addres used becuase its a private ip address used behind routers.
The important thing is that the IP Address is the same 3 Octets and the fourth Octet is unique. I.E. The Three Octets are "192.168.1.?". The fourth Octet is something like "?.?.?.100" With this information are the two settings similar enough to connect¿ If you still want to change the settings go to Control Panel / Network Connections / Local area Connection / IP settings, Properties and Use this IP Address. The First Three Octets Must be the same as the Routers First Three Octets. The last Octet must be within "0" and "255" cannot be those Two numbers nor the IP Address of the Router and the "Subnet Mask" will auto fill in for you but will be "255.255.255.0". The "Default Gateway" and the "DNS Server" will be the same IP address of the Gateway unless you already have a specific DNS server preference. Good Luck
if its the first time you connected the router ...you have to make the wlan connection ..and clone the Mac address on the router to fit the old mac that u had on computer card.. this in case ia have a static ip address and you need to make the internet connection with the provider... after that select from your pc network setting to obtain an ip address automatically ...and you put the sub-net mask at 255 255 255 0 and the default gateway as the ip address of the router ... do not forget the router is now your connection with the provider so there is where you set the provider 's settings ... if you have a modem too just select at the wlan in the router .to obtain an auto ip ...and in the computer too ..you may also clone the mac adress cause the provider may have it ..and block the acces cause didnt recognize the new one (router's Mac)
If that is the report that the laptop gives for an IP address, then you have to change the IP address settings.
Go into your network settings, and tell it to automatically aquire an address, and DNS.
Once you click OK, it should sense the DCHP from the router.
If the IP is already set to automatically aquire, then the router needs to be reset to factory defaults. That should put you back to the 192.168.2.xxx settings.
The best thing to do would be to contact your Internet provider to be sure. There are a couple things you can check on your own that can help you determine this. When you use your DSL or Cable modem without the Router how does it work?
Do you not have to assign any IP addresses or DNS settings to get it working? If so, that is a Dynamic IP Address setup.
If you have go to into the TCP/IP settings and specify the IP address and the DNS settings that is a Static IP Address setup.
If you have to click on an icon that goes through a connection process that uses a User name and Password, that is a PPPoE IP address setup.
Once you are able to determine that you should be able to follow the instructions in the user manual.