|NOTE that if you got the router, or combo high speed modem / router, supplied to you from your ISP, the default user name and password used to access the configuration settings of the router are often different than they are in the generic manual for the model. In that case, go to ISP's web site and confirm what the user name and password are for the router, or combo modem / router, model they supplied. |
There are often several revisions of a router model. The printed or on-the-CD manual that came with a router you bought yourself will have the correct user name and password. However, if you look up the manual on the web, you must choose the correct revision, if there is more than one, and often you must select the region of the world you bought it in, in order to be sure you're using the right manual and right default user name and password.
Read the manual for it - there's an obvious, or a hidden, physical reset switch you can press that sets the router's configuration settings back to defaults.
You must access the router, then type in the user name and password to access it's configuration settings.
You access the router either by typing it's default URL in an internet browser - 192.168.xxx.xxx (it's stated in the manual) - or you can click on an icon for the router model in your network properties if it's shown there.
If you're using a wireless network adapter on your computer, if your wireless connection isn't successfully connecting to the router, you must plug a network cable into the router from your computer's wired network adapter in order to access it.
Some wireless routers have the wireless broadcast set to OFF by default, in which case a wireless connection to it will NOT work by default - you must connect a network cable to the router in order to change settings to switch that ON.
You can only connect to the router from one computer either via a wired or wireless connection to connect to the internet, at any one time. If you change the way you're connecting, Restart Windows to get it to recognize the change.