In order to configure your router, you must connect to it. I will show you steps I take for how to access my router. If you can already access the internet through your router, and simply wish to configure it, you can skip ahead to step two.
How To Access My Router
• 4 Simple Steps •
Step # 1
First you’ll need to connect your computer to your router in order to access it. For this, you’ll need an Ethernet cable. One should have come with your router already. It looks like a traditional phone cord, except that the connector is slightly larger. Often, if the cord came with your router, it will be yellow. Once you’ve found, or have a cable, plug it into your computer’s Ethernet port.
Again, this will look very similar to a phone jack, but larger. It may be labeled “Ethernet,” “Internet,” or “RJ-45.” Plug your cable in.
Step # 2
Open your web browser of choice (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, etc.). You’ll need to find the address by which to access your router. If you still have the instructions for your router, it should be in there; you’re looking for a number that looks similar to 192.168.0.1 . If you do not have these instructions, or prefer to find the number on your own, follow these instructions as closely as possible (note: this will only work with a Windows computer):
- On your keyboard press Windows+R (Windows is the key between CTRL and ALT)
- Type “cmd” without quotation marks in the small window that pops up, and hit Enter.
- In the new window that opens, type “ipconfig” without quotation marks, and hit Enter.
- You are looking for a label, “Default Gateway.” Next to it should be a number identical to or similar to 192.168.0.1 . Write it down so you can remember it.
Now take the number you’ve found, and enter it in the address bar of your browser. You should be at your router’s setting page.
Step # 3
From here, you can configure anything you wish. For most routers, configuration options are located under “Setup,” “Advanced Setup” or something similar. Look around, and make any changes you want, but make sure you know what you’re changing.
Step # 4
As a final step, you should put a username and password on your router. In the setup options, look for “Password,” “Administrator Password” or something similar. First, enable a password if you need to. Then in the provided fields, choose a secure password for yourself. Save or apply any changes you made.
How To Access My Router • From The Internet
We’ve all had problems with our routers at one time or another; it’s just a matter of when. These problems can be a pain, but they’re really not hard to solve! First, we’ll look at how to access my router web page:
1. First, open your Command Prompt. This is different for many different computers and years. For most computers, simply go to your Start menu, and type “Command Prompt” in the search bar.
2. When you’ve accessed your Command Prompt, enter the phrase ipconfig just like that, then click the Enter key. This is going to give you information about your router, but what you’re looking for is the “Default Gateway” address. It should start with 192.168, then go on from there.
3. After you’ve found this number, copy it into your internet’s browser bar. This should take you into the web site for your browser.
Setting up a new router is also easy, so don’t let it intimidate you!
- Your router should have several labeled ports. Find the Internet (LAN) port.
- Plug your Ethernet cable into your LAN port.
Some frequently asked questions about router connections include:
How can I test my router’s connection?
Testing your connection is practically effortless! One of the easiest ways to quickly check your connection is to look at the blinking lights on you router, if they’re lit, you should have no problem. But double checking is always a good idea. Do this by simply opening the Internet, and making sure you can successfully access a web page.
How can I secure my Internet Connection?
Setting up security is a big concern among many computer owners. With a wired connection, this isn’t an issue, as the Internet connection comes directly from the router via Ethernet cable. However, some routers also offer wireless connections, so go to your router’s website (above) and turn off wireless. Then you’ll be perfectly fine.