|"There is something wrong with the IP you have given. They always have four groups of figures (not three) with dots between them."|
As in, 192.168.xxx.xxx
The first two are always 192.168 - the other two can be specified to be any number 0 to 255, inclusive.
The default IP address, and the default user name and password, is in the manual for router, which is on the CD that came with the router. If you don't have the CD, you need to download the full manual from the manufacturer's web site for the same model and revision or version of router for the same country or region you bought it in.
If you're trying to connect wirelessly from a wireless network adapter to a wireless router, the wireless settings on both ends of the connection must be compatible in order for you to be able to access the router's configuration logon screen.
If those settings are not compatible, you must either connect a network cable between the same computer and the router, or you must be able to access the router on another computer in your local network, via either a network cable connection, or via a wireless connection that is already working, to the same router.
If you're using a wireless adapter that was not built into the computer, you DO NOT need to use the wireless settings program that is installed along with the drivers for the adapter in XP - it's much easier to use XP's built in Wireless Zero settings program.
If you can choose to NOT install the wireless settings program and just install drivers when you install the software for the wireless adapter, don't install it.
If there is a separate entry in Add or Remove Programs for the wireless settings program, un-install it.
If there is a setting in the wireless settings program to use Windows Wireless Zero, choose that.
Once the wireless settings program that came with the adapter is not loading, then search for available wireless connections, pick the one that has the correct SSID, click on Connect, and if a encryption key or password is required, type it in if you know what it is - the Wireless Zero program will find other settings you need automatically.
If it says Security enabled for the connection to your own router and you don't know what the correct encryption key or password is, then you need to find what that is in the router's configuration.
If the correct SSID is not there, if you haven't used the wireless feature of the router before, it's often disabled by default - you must go into the router's configuration and enable the wireless broadcast, by connecting to it via a network cable connection.
- you may need to Restart Windows after you have entered the correct encryption key or password before the internet connection will work.
- you can only connect to the internet from the same computer one way at a time - either via a wired connection or via a wireless connection. If you have a network cable plugged in from the same computer to the router, Shut Down Windows, unplug the cable, then boot the computer when you want to connect wirelessly.